Church of the Incarnation

Church of the Incarnation

Welcome to the

Church of the Incarnation

Located on the ̲Ƶ Irving campus, students attend religious service on campus at the 500-seat Church of the Incarnation, which houses our St. Thomas Aquinas Reliquary Chapel. While our primary responsibility is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of UD, we welcome all to come and worship with us!

Please browse this page for important updates and other information regarding the church. 

Church Staff

Office Location:  Room 254 of SB Hall   Main Line:  972-721-5375


Chaplain and Rector, Fr. James Martin Nobles, O.P.


Fr. James Martin Nobles, O.P. - Chaplain & Rector
E-Mail: jmnobles@udallas.edu



Dcn. Ryan Sales


Deacon Ryan Sales - Deacon
E-Mail: rsales@udallas.edu   Direct Line: 972-721-5118 



Karen Bless


Karen Bless - Assistant to the Chaplain & Rector
E-Mail: kbless@udallas.edu   Direct Line: 972-721-5261  



Eric Lewis


Eric Lewis - Music Director
E-Mail: erlewis@udallas.edu



The SUMMER liturgical schedule began on Friday, May 10, 2024.
Please visit our Mass times page to see the adjusted schedule.
Our Chaplain, Fr. James Martin Nobles, O.P., has been reassigned and will be leaving UD at the end of June. Please join us for his last weekend at the Church of the Incarnation on June 22-23 and wish him farewell in his new assignment!
Saturday, June 22: Confessions will be held at 12:00pm (noon). 
All are invited to join us for the Mass of Consecration of Karen Bless to the Order of Virgins, which will be held that morning at 10:00am with Bishop Greg Kelly presiding. 

About Us

The ̲Ƶ is in its 66th academic year. Since opening its doors in September 1956 with 96 students, the University has grown to over 3,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The original chapel, named in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, was located on the west side of campus and was used for daily Mass and private prayer until the opening of the Chapel of the Incarnation on March 24, 1985.

On August 15, 2001, the Diocese of Dallas changed the status of Chapel of the Incarnation to the Church of the Incarnation. This title indicates and emphasizes the church's special status as a faith community that is centered not in a geographical setting, but rather on a university campus. The church has as its primary responsibility to serve the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the university and welcomes others to participate in worship here. 

In 2014, the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter awarded the Church of the Incarnation the 2014 AIA Dallas Twenty-Five Year Award.  This award, the highest award bestowed by AIA Dallas, is given annually to an enduring post-war, architectural work that is at least 25 years old.



On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Diocese of Dallas published on this website - - a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the diocese dating back to 1950.  

 Situations involving abuse of minors must be reported to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at  1-800-252-5400  or   In an emergency, call 911.