Our Chapel Program Wants to Hear from You!
Liz Torrey


Dear Students & Parents,

St. Andrew's Chapel program welcomes you! The Chapel plays a central role in the communal life of our School. Before you arrive on campus, the Chapel team begins to plan our programming for the upcoming year as well as to pray for the time we will spend together. This fall we are committed to bringing a diverse array of speakers and preachers to complement our usual line-up of faculty and staff presenters. As usual, the services will be student-led and will occasionally feature a student speaker. Our Sunday morning Eucharist services promise enriching worship as well as uplifting sacred music. Our Chapel services are central to the fostering of our community, and we hope that you will consider ways that you might become involved in our Chapel program. Since our services require the teamwork of students, faculty, and staff, there are a number of opportunities for you to offer your time and talents to endow our services with vitality and meaning. Please consider the following list of ways to be involved in our Chapel program:  

  • Acolytes—provide assistance for Wednesday and Sunday services, light candles, join the procession into the Chapel carrying the cross, torches, Gospel book, and St. Andrew's banner
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers—seniors who serve as chalice bearers on Sunday morning
  • Lay Readers—responsible for reading lessons, psalms, or prayers during worship
  • Sacristans—set up for services and clean up afterwards
  • Singing in the Choir
  • Ushers—assist with seating, decorum, and handing out service materials

As your Chaplain, I am eager to meet the specific religious needs of each student. If you would take a moment to fill our Chapel Info Request Form, that will help us to serve you better. Please note that providing this information is completely voluntary.

I look forward to hearing from you and cannot wait to see you in September! If you have any questions about our Chapel program, please do not hesitate to contact me at jhutchinson@standrews-de.org, or by replying to this email.

The Rev. Jay Hutchinson

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Governor Jack Markell Visits Campus
Governor Jack Markell Visits Campus

On Thursday, October 27, Delaware Governor Jack Markell visited St. Andrew's and spoke to students and faculty in Engelhard Hall. He spoke briefly about his time in office (Markell is stepping down in January; having served as Governor since 2008, he reached his term limit this year) and the impact of St. Andrew's on both the lives of its students and on the state of Delaware, then took almost an hour of questions from students. Students quizzed the Governor on his stance on a variety of issues, including Delaware's incarceration levels, environmental policy, and perceived "corporation-friendly" policies; the role political discourse can play in the effort to reduce instances of sexual assault and diminish rape culture; and the governor's view of his own legacy and the current presidential election.

While onstage, Governor Markell also presented Tad and Elizabeth Roach with individual Governor's Tributes, in recognition of their nearly 40 years of service to St. Andrew's and to Delaware. The text of each tribute is below:

"On behalf of Delawareans across the First State, Governor Markell takes tremendous pride in celebrating Tad's twenty years as Headmaster of St. Andrew's School, and his 38 years as an inspirational and transformational teacher, coach, advisor, dean, colleague, and mentor. Tad's leadership of St. Andrew's has been marked by audacious kindness and a bold commitment to diversity and access. His is a private school engaged in public good, because Tad knows education creates hope, empowerment and change. During his tenure, Tad has expanded the mission of St. Andrew's through the creation of St. Anne's Episcopal School, and through the Delaware College Scholars Program, opening the change of a college education to Delaware high school students across the state. Ultimately, Tad cares most about how his students serve, how they collaborate, how they connect to the world around them, how they learn, forgive, rescue, redeem and endure. Tad's continuing legacy is that he has made all those under his tenacious care and indomitable spirit better than they believed they could be. We thank him for this restless, vibrant ethos, and for his service to St. Andrew's, to the First State."

-Presented on this 27th day of October, 2016 by the order of the Governor.

"On behalf of Delawareans across the First State, Governor Markell takes extraordinary pride in celebrating Elizabeth Roach's 36 years of inspirational and vibrant teaching at St. Andrew's. Throughout her career as a teacher, coach, dean, dorm parent, and advisor, Elizabeth has transformed the lives and minds of her students; her classrooms burst with intellectual energy, curiosity, and exploration. Her students debate graciously, passionately, vigorously, learning through Elizabeth's affirming guidance the artistry of question, reflection, revision, collaboration. A woman of great courage, strength, integrity, and compassion, Elizabeth has inspired many of her former students to become teachers, and therefore her wisdom, commitment and joy radiate across the country and the world. As a dynamic educational leader in her own right, Elizabeth exemplifies for us how a life practicing and cultivating the art and majesty of teaching gives all our lives meaning, connection, and hope. We thank her for her remarkable service to St. Andrew's and the First State.

-Presented on this 27th day of October, 2016 by order of the Governor.

Thank you for visiting us, Governor Markell!