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.
A schoolwide day of service united students and faculty in service to honor our patronal saints, Hilda and Hugh.
The Tracy family recently visited Chapel to dedicate an autographed copy of And Still I Rise to the C.V. Starr Library at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's. 
Hanukkah, the festival of lights, was also a festival of song, as music teachers Jordan Hirsch and Beth Soleimany shared the story of Hanukkah through song.
St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's Day of Service began with a stirring Chapel presentation by David Miliband, P '22, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. "Our goal here as a school is to educate compassionate leaders who are equipped to change the world for the better," said Head of School Virginia Connor. "I hope our students were inspired by the IRC's incredible work and also by Mr. Miliband's example of sharing his talents with people who need them most."
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