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.
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.
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
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!