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Chapel at St. Mark’s is rich in content and diverse in expression.

Responsible and responsive to the spiritual life of a school community of many diverse faith traditions, chapel is designed to address the widely varying spiritual needs of students, faculty, staff, and their families through required twice-weekly services, optional services, outreach opportunities, and pastoral care. The Interfaith Chapel Council, composed of students and faculty from diverse religious backgrounds, advises the chaplaincy and organizes student participation in the spiritual life of the school.

Beautiful and intimate, Belmont Chapel provides a sacred space that grounds and informs the heart, soul, and spirit of the St. Mark’s community. As a memorial to St. Markers who served their country in the first World War, Belmont Chapel reminds the community that theirs is a heritage rich in tradition and mindful of sacrifice.

The community is seated in a collegiate or choir style, facing one another, to encourage the active participation of all in attendance. Students of all ages serve as wardens, acolytes, and readers, and oversee the activity of the chapel through the work of the Interfaith Chapel Council.

The “crypt” space underneath the chapel is set up for seated, candlelit meditation, and is very popular with students from many religious and non-religious backgrounds.

Meet the Chaplains

Barbara Talcott

Barbara Talcott

Titles: Co-Head Chaplain, Religion Department Faculty
Departments: Religion, Senior Administrative Team, Chapel
Katie Solter

Katie Solter

Titles: Co-Head Chaplain, Religion Department Head
Departments: Religion, Chapel
It's a place where people sit down, all 400 of us, and listen to your truth. And that's a beautiful thing."

Head Chaplain Barbara Talcott

Spiritual Reflections

Twice a week, we gather for prayer, meditation and reflection, St. Mark's School style. The chaplains would like to offer that same kind of reflection to you, twice a week, by email. Sign up if you are interested , and spread the word!


Pets join the community on campus to be blessed in chapel for the annual Blessing of the Animals.

In an annual tradition at St. Mark's, student and faculty pets are welcomed at the morning Chapel service every October for the "Blessing of the Animals" in celebration of the feast day for St. Francis.

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A student gives her Chapel Talk in Belmont Chapel as a VI Former.
Chapel Talks, offered primarily by VI 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. 
Students gather for morning Chapel.
An interior look at Belmont Chapel when it is empty.
Reverend Talcott addresses the School in Chapel.