In light of its history, Saint Mary’s Hall maintains many Christian-based traditions, symbols, and ceremonies, but does not seek to promote or favor one faith over others.
We also feel it is important to acknowledge and celebrate Christmas, Easter, and other major holidays of the faiths represented in our school. We believe the guidance, direction, and strength derived from one's faith plays a large part in the fulfillment of our school’s mission of producing ethical students with lifelong moral and spiritual values.
Saint Mary’s Hall recognizes and promotes the importance of a strong religious faith. To that end, students are exposed to many religions through the celebration of several important events.
Each division gathers for a time of worship and reflection each Monday in order to be inspired to love God and one another through music, scripture readings, and inspiring stories of faith & service.
Our school chaplain leads a non-denominational service, and students regularly participate in leadership roles by offering music, a reading, or presenting at the services. He is also available for consultation, support of special needs, and individual prayer.
Guest speakers present frequently at the Upper and Middle School Chapels on a variety of topics including ...
During the Christmas season, students in all divisions celebrate with Lessons & Carols. Lower School students help retell the Christmas story depicted in the Bible, while Middle and Upper School students retell the events of Jesus’ birth from the Gospels. The end of each observance closes with music performed by various Saint Mary’s Hall choir groups.
In celebration of Veterans Day, guest speakers visit Middle and Upper School Chapels to speak about significant sacrifices our military servicemen and servicewomen make. Lower School students also honor current and former military personnel during their Morning Moments Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony. As visiting veterans enter the building, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts salute them. Students then introduced their special guests to the entire Lower School before enjoying a casual breakfast. Past visitors include:
- Sergeant First Class Jared Bullock - A member of the Army Special Forces, whose vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while serving a tour in Afghanistan.
- Alan Babin - Army veteran who was wounded in Iraq while serving with the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division, and recipient of both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
- Dr. Granville Coggs - One of the original Tuskegee Airmen, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, and a trailblazing doctor.