Chapel Talks, offered primarily by sixth formers and adults in the community, are given at our all-school chapel services twice a week. They can be informative, personal, and even constructively critical, but they are always designed for the benefit of the whole community and are fundamentally community-building in nature. Chapel presentations can include music, drama, dance, and other forms of performance, and sometimes get very creative! They offer a "time out" from the rest of our busy, achieving lives here at St. Mark's: a chance to reflect, to learn something new about a person or a problem in our community, to enjoy someone else's talent or interest--in general, to live a fuller, more reflective and appreciative life in this school full of blessings

Below you will find a few examples.  

  • May 25, 2014

    Ms. Jeniene Matthews Delivers Address Celebrating the Class of 2014 at Traditional Baccalaureate Service in Belmont Chapel

    On Sunday morning, May 25, the St. Mark’s Class of 2014 processed into Belmont Chapel for the traditional Baccalaureate Service on the eve of Prize Day. The Baccalaureate Address was delivered by Ms. Jeniene Matthews of the St. Mark’s English Department.

  • January 6, 2014

    Humility and Inspiration...and Fun

    Mr. John Warren

    This Chapel Talk was given by John Warren, The Head of School

    “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is in being superior to your former self.”

    --Ernest Hemingway

    Many people, including some of you, have asked me, “how was your trip to Swaziland and Australia?” The answer is, “great!” I have always wanted to see lions, especially because as a proud St. Marker, the lion is our mascot. I had the good fortune to see lions at a Swazi game reserve. I also had the good fortune there to see elephants, a giraffe, hippopotami, rhinoceroses and many other special animals. In Australia, I saw huge thousand year old trees in a rain forest, many species of beautiful birds, including a king parrot that thought my shoulder was the perfect place to perch, kangaroos, most notably the reclusive tree kangaroo, and gorgeous fish in the fragile ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. So, in short, I had great fun on my trip.

  • April 9, 2013

    The Price of Freedom

    Stacey Lee

    This talk was given at Morning Chapel on Friday, February 22, by Stacey Lee, Associate Dean of Students

    I would argue that freedom is not the right to do, say or have what one wants. For freedom exercised at the expense of others is false. Freedom is perhaps our greatest unearned privilege. None of us here gave birth to ourselves, fed ourselves as infants or clothed ourselves as children. It is a kind acquaintance, a close family member, a community organization and networks of friends and supporters that make life possible for all of us. So, how are you using your freedom?

  • January 16, 2013

    Releasing Your Inner Third Wave Punk Rock Feminist

    Natalie Armacost '13

    This talk was given at Morning Chapel on Friday, December 7th.

    There are two things that I’m going to tell you today that are ways to make you happy. Yes, it’s different for all people. And yes, these seem too generic and too clichéd to actually work, but they worked for me and I really want them to work for you too.

  • January 15, 2013

    Your Epic Adventure

    Ken Wells

    This chapel talk was given in Morning Chapel on Tuesday, January 15, by Ken Wells of the St. Mark's Science Department.

    An Epic Adventure is one that redefines the world. The epic adventurer is always someone who experiences a hardship. Sure, we can identify with the adventurer because like everybody else, we all experience hardships. But our hardships, however grim, are like those that other people have endured. But to become an Epic Adventurer, you have to have a hardship that is totally alien to the rest of us, unlike anything that ever happened before.

  • January 7, 2013

    Embracing Your Inner Nerd

    Stephen Hebert

    This talk was given in Morning Chapel on Friday, October 19, by Stephen Hebert, Assistant Chaplain.

    Let’s not mince words. Can I be honest with you? Can I be real? I have a

    confession to make: I AM A NERD. You might say: "Come on, Mr. Hebert, don't be so hard on yourself." My students

    are no doubt queuing up to disagree: “Mr. Hebert, you’re the most interesing

    man in America.” But I would reject and rebuff you. I am not being hard on

    myself. I’m being honest.

  • January 3, 2013

    Breaking the Frame

    Seung Min (Brian) Lee '13

    This chapel talk was given in Morning Chapel on Friday, November 30.

    Word by word, 파 means to break and 격 means a custom or a frame. Simply, 파격 means to think outside of the box. My ideal Saint Mark’s is 격, a frame, that always allows individuals to 파격, break the frame, in a positive way.

  • January 3, 2013

    Do What You Do -- And Know Who You Are

    Lauren Sischo

    This chapel talk was given in Morning Chapel on Friday, November 9.

    Wooden defined success as “peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.” When do we know that we have succeeded? If we beat Groton tomorrow, will we have ultimately succeeded? Not necessarily.

  • May 23, 2012

    It's All About the Team

    Adam Cimpeanu '12

    This Chapel Talk was given by Adam Cimpeanu on Friday, May 18. It was the last Sixth Form Chapel Talk of the year.

    It’s 3:05. Classes are over, and I’m standing outside of the team room, trying to muster the courage to enter. As a manager for boys’ varsity lacrosse, I need to retrieve 12 water bottles, an icebox, med-kit, and orange water jug from the inner cavities of that room. The untold horrors of what lies beyond the door keep me waiting.

  • March 24, 2012

    Excellence in Leadership: The Thayers at St. Mark's

    John Warren

    This chapel talk was given by John Warren on Tuesday, March 20, the first day back from Spring Break.

    William Thayer and his wife Violet made a tremendous contribution to St. Mark’s during their time here. Dr. Thayer's visionary leadership helped bring St. Mark’s into the top ranks of America’s boarding schools, creating a standard of excellence that remains an important reference point even today. Mrs. Thayer created an atmosphere infused with kindness and support and was instrumental in bringing the arts to St. Mark's School. I have enjoyed learning about the Thayers and because I find them to be inspirational I would like to share their story with you.