Guided by traditions of the Catholic faith, religion at Saint David’s is taught by precept and example. Our boys are expected to treat each other with respect and kindness and to extend this behavior to the entire Saint David’s community and the world beyond. First and Second Graders participate in a weekly Chapel service and daily Chapel begins in Third Grade. Cherished by the nearly two thousand boys who have heard them through the years,“Chapel talks” range from reflections on the Prodigal Son to the vicissitudes of urban life to the difficult moral choices of Atticus Finch. In addition, the school community gathers several times a year to celebrate Mass, underscoring our commitment to the moral and ethical development of boys.
Classes in religion begin in First Grade. Lower School boys acquire a basic understanding of the Old and New Testaments. Upper School boys study the Bible and explore world religious traditions beyond Christianity. Throughout the curriculum, teachers challenge students to consider ethical and moral issues in their own lives. While the framework for religious studies is provided by the teachings of the Catholic Church, students of all faiths are encouraged to draw on their own religious traditions. In the appropriate grades, Catholic boys receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation, while boys not receiving the sacraments play active roles in these inclusive ceremonies.
Spirituality can be seen most concretely in the many service projects our boys enthusiastically support throughout the year. They develop leadership skills while organizing projects that involve the entire community and gain perspective as they serve the greater good. Eighth Grade boys rally the entire community each spring in support of a worthy cause of their choice, such as our multi-year Dollars for Scholars fundraising effort to build a school in Ethiopia.