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Spiritual Life

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Spiritual Life at SJS
Inside the Chapel

Our Episcopal Identity

As an Episcopal school, Saint James introduces all of its students to the liturgical traditions of Anglican Christianity focusing on our common values of humanity, integrity, and compassion. 

Worshipping alongside people of many faiths gives you constant exposure to other cultures and beliefs. You will build deep and long-lasting friendships through daily life in a community that fosters trust and mutual respect. A culture of open dialogue—where different perspectives are valued and encouraged—will allow you to develop skills of civil discourse.

Our Episcopal character is a vital complement to a broad-based liberal arts foundation and to developing a worldview that nurtures your potential to be a leader for good in the world.

Spiritual LifeFacts & Figures

Students and faculty who gather for Chapel every weekday morning:

  • 100 Percent

Average number of Sixth Formers who give chapel talks each year:

  • 22

Number of students serving as Chapel leaders (Sacristans, Ushers, Senior Reader, Senior Choristers):

  • 16

Members of the Saint James Chapel Choir:

  • 35
The Chapel
Saint James Chapel


At the entrance to the Senior Circle, the Saint James Chapel stands as a sign of the school's commitment to holistic education. We gather as a community every weekday morning in the Chapel to begin the day reverently, gratefully, and faithfully. In Chapel, students are encouraged to participate as they feel comfortable in our common liturgy and are encouraged to challenge themselves spiritually to live moral and purposeful lives.

Chapel Services

Chapel services rely on a dedicated team of student leaders—choristers, acolytes, readers, ushers, and sacristans. The Chaplain and the Headmaster share sacramental responsibilities. Faculty members, students, and guests, frequently speak in Chapel, making it a place where the School community comes together to learn and grow.

Our Headmaster

Father Dunnan, Headmaster

The Revd. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan has guided Saint James as headmaster since 1992--after serving as teacher and chaplain at both school and university levels.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Father Dunnan holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Harvard University and doctoral degrees in theology from Oxford University. 

He is one of only a few Episcopal priests serving as the head of a secondary school in the United States.

Our Chaplain

Father Montgomery, Chaplain

The Revd. Dr. Brandt Montgomery has served as chaplain at Saint James since the fall of 2019. A native of Alabama, he served in campus ministry at the University of Alabama from 2012 to 2014, then as the All-School Chaplain at Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, Louisiana from 2014 to 2019.

Father Montgomery earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Montevallo, his Master of Divinity degree with honors in Church History from the General Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of the South at Sewanee.

Chapel Talks

The Saint James School


Saint James families have the opportunity to select their final resting place in the shadow of the chapel that has played such an important role in their lives—the chapel that connects heaven to earth, and life to death.

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