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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 major holidays of the faiths represented in our school. We believe the guidance, direction, and strength derived from religious faith plays a large part in the fulfillment of our school’s mission of producing ethical students with life-long moral and spiritual values. Please refer to Saint Mary's Hall's Statement of Religious Expression to learn more about religion at Saint Mary's Hall.

Religious Studies As Part of the Curriculum

Religious studies will continue to be an ongoing part of our Upper School curriculum either as a significant portion of a world studies course included in Saint Mary’s Hall graduation requirements or as an independent course required for graduation. This study of the major religions of the world is required in order to support increased awareness of diverse religious perspectives and to promote respect for the beliefs of people of various faith traditions.

Spiritual Life

Our school chaplain leads the non-denominational services, 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.

Chapel Service

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.

Guest speakers present frequently at the Upper & Middle School chapels on a variety of topics. Examples of presentations or lessons include:

All Faiths Celebrations

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 including:

Ash Wednesday. Students attend Chapel services in which they 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 from ordained faculty members.

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

Lessons & Carols. During the Christmas season, students in all divisions celebrate with Lessons & Carols. Lower School students are chosen to 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. Past visitors include:
  • Alan Babin, an 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 orginal Tuskegee Airmen, recipeient of the Congressional Gold Medal, and a trailblazing doctor.

Reverand Dr. Cameron Gunnin
School Chaplain & Upper School Counselor
cgunnin@smhall.org
(210) 483-9278


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