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

The two fourth grader founders of our newly formed Earth Club shared their passion and concerns for global imbalance in Chapel today.
One of the nation's greatest mountaineers—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.
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