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. Our school chaplain is available for counsel, support for any special or religious needs, and prayer.

Guest speakers and students present frequently on a variety of topics including ...

Ash Wednesday

Form 12 girl receiving ashes on ash wednesday

Students learn about the significance of Ash Wednesday and its role in the Christian faith. Additionally, students, family members, faculty, and staff can choose to receive their ashes at this chapel service.

Character and Core Values

panel made up of students, faculty, and guests

Students, faculty, and guest speakers frequently present on Saint Mary's Hall core values (Courage, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Spirituality, Tolerance, and Tradition) in order to instill these key character qualities in the life of our community. The Bishops Society, our Upper School student-led chapel advisory organization, is key in organizing and leading chapels on the core values as well as the other topics addressed in chapel.

Diwali

Diwali at Saint Mary's Hall

One of the most important Hindu and South Asian 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.

Eid al-Adha

senior student posing with air force chaplain and iman

Eid al-Adha or the "Festival of Sacrifice" is the celebration in Islam of God's providing a sacrifice in place of Abraham's son and affirms an ethic of generosity and compassion for one's neighbors and especially for those in need. Recent guest presenters include Chaplain Lantigua, an Air Force Chaplain and Imam

Hanukkah

panel of guests and faculty speak

Annually local Rabbis, such as Mara Nathan, visit chapel to teach about the history and relevance of Hanukkah for today along with how Hanukkah is celebrated around the world today. This provides our community a great opportunity to reflect on key topics such as tolerance, freedom, justice, and overcoming obstacles

Lessons & Carols

boys and girls posing for chapel

During Christmas, each division celebrates with a Lessons & Carols service. Students lead in these chapels by serving as the readers for the lessons or Gospel readings that retell the events of Jesus' birth. Various Saint Mary's Hall choir groups also lead in the signing of carols and performing Christmas music.

Veterans Day Speakers

Henry Hirsh speaking in front of screen

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 to Middle and Upper School Chapel 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.
  • Mr. Henry Hirsh, Lt Col (Ret) Shan Largoza, and Dr. Mark Clark, all of whom are family members of Saint Mary's Hall students and faculty and spoke on how their military taught them life-changing values such as integrity, courage, and service.

Contact

All School Chaplain Cameron Gunnin

Cameron Gunnin
All 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.