The Rev. Elizabeth Garnsey, Chaplain

Our chapel is the heart of our school, both physically and spiritually. Our community derives tremendous strength from this shared experience. Though St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's is an Episcopal school, we teach and learn about the many different religious traditions represented in our school community.

Chapel presentations may be offered by our chaplain, teachers, students, parents, and guests. Through music, art, dance, spoken and written word, we address broad themes and special topics such as service to others, sustainability, the Golden Rule, world religions, and friendship. Upper division students celebrate a weekly Eucharist in addition to daily Chapel. Chapel services are—like our school—joyful, prayerful, spirited, and meaningful.


Chapel Highlights

"I feel special to be a Jain at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's," said our second grade Chapel presenter, speaking in both the lower division and upper division Chapels.
The first American to summit both Mount Everest and K2 visited Gordon Chapel to offer lessons in perseverance, resilience, and teamwork. Dr. Louis Reichardt, the grandfather of one of our second graders, told the story of his team's historic climb up the east face of Everest in 1983.
Hymns and organ music are staples of the Chapel experience at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's. But when Technology Integrator Liam Webster offered a Chapel presentation about self-expression, students and faculty were delighted by a different sound: the wail of electric guitar.
Lower school science teacher gave an illuminating Chapel, highlighting famed inventor Thomas Alva Edison and showing students the power of making connections with one another.
At a recent Chapel presentation, Associate Director of Admission Karen Lee extolled the virtues of being quiet.
"What if, in the safe space we create as their teachers, we could show them how to live the Gospel, listening to and talking to strangers? Our sixth grade religious knowledge class is trying to do that in a simple way: listening to and talking to the homeless who spend their days in the Church basement next door to our school."
Head of School Virginia Connor shared the story of a person who influenced her life, and the lives of and so many other Americans who endeavor to show their love and devotion to friends through cooking and hospitality.
A schoolwide day of service united students and faculty in service to honor our patronal saints, Hilda and Hugh.
Every four years, the Presidential election provides an opportunity for the school to educate students in a deeper, more immediate way about democracy and the privilege that we as Americans have to elect our leaders. Beyond these critical elements, Head of School Virginia Connor said that elections allow students to practice an ability that children today tend to struggle with: decision making.
A "Blessing of the Animals" was a highlight of today's Chapel, celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Students were invited to be "instruments of peace," invoking the prayer that is commonly attributed to St. Francis
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