Catherine of Alexandria, Egypt, is a Christian martyr who died in the 4th century CE. She is known as the patron saint of scholars and philosophers. In keeping with our Episcopal tradition, our school commemorates the life of St. Catherine annually. Our faculty, staff, and upper school students elect a senior who best exemplifies the values of St. Catherine.
The faith and values are best exemplified in the collect for Catherine of Alexandria as well as in our school prayer and benediction.
Both are given below:
The Collect for Catherine of Alexandria:
Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your holy martyr Catherine of Alexandria: Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we who rejoice in her triumph may profit by her example; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The School Prayer & Benediction
Help us, O God, to remember, through the example of Jesus Christ, that what we keep we lose; only what we give remains our own.
May our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be near us to defend us, within us to possess us, around us to preserve us, before us to guide us, behind us to justify us, and above us to bless us. Amen.
Chapel services are a significant part of our community life at St. Catherine’s. We gather for chapel based on our division on a regular basis to celebrate the church, the world around us, as well as special events in the life of the School. We follow the Episcopal tradition which welcomes voices from diverse religious traditions. Students and faculty in all divisions are encouraged to participate in leading worship as readers, speakers, musicians, acolytes, and ushers. Guest homilists are a regular part of our chapel services. Middle and Upper School students may participate on worship planning committees for their division, as well as join the Altar Guild. Students are required to attend all regularly scheduled services.
St. Catherine’s Episcopal identity is expressed through the following principles and ideas as articulated by the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES):
that is creative, inclusive, draws fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church and is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.Community Life
, in which reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, the mental and emotional health of all is supported and nurtured.Religious Formation and Study
that is meaningful, academically substantive, and age-appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, which fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.Social Justice
, which is the integration of the ideas and concepts of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity, and the inclusion of service learning as an integral part of the life of the School.