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Spiritual Life

Boys Praying - Spiritual Life at Saint Mary's Hall

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 ...

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday at Saint Mary's HallStudents learn about the history of Ash Wednesday and its role in the Christian faith.

Additionally, students, faculty, and staff can choose to receive their ashes at this Chapel service.

Diwali

Diwali at Saint Mary's Hall

One of the most important Hindu festivals of the year, Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil. At Saint Mary’s Hall, students celebrate by wearing traditional Indian dress and attending a Chapel that celebrates the tradition of Diwali.

Hanukkah

Hannukah service at Saint Mary's Hall

Often times, special guests (like Holocaust survivors Anna Rado and Rose Williams) visit Chapel to share stories that illustrate their strength of faith while introducing students to other beliefs.

Lessons & Carols

Lessons and Carols at Saint Mary's Hall

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.

Veterans Day Speakers

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.

Contact

Reverend Dr. Cameron Gunnin
School Chaplain
cgunnin@smhall.org
(210) 483-9278

Statement of Religious Expression

Please refer to Saint Mary's Hall's Statement of Religious Expression to learn more about religion at Saint Mary's Hall.