As a community, we begin with the Judeo-Christian values of an Episcopal school which is deeply grounded in its Episcopal tradition and welcomes and affirms all faith traditions in its community. We uphold the principles of honesty and integrity, and our traditions reflect the community’s seriousness of purpose and high ideals. Inherent in the philosophy of Trinity-Pawling is the belief that we possess certain distinctive gifts and talents given to us by a loving God. The School community reflects this belief and teachers are committed to helping each boy discover their gifts and talents.
All Saints' Chapel is the central meeting place for the Trinity-Pawling community, with worship and service being key components of our transformational learning environment. Chapel is held at 8:00 AM two mornings per week and consists of a hymn, a reading, a short talk by students or faculty, and announcements. The entire school community also gathers on Friday mid-morning for an Episcopal worship service and on Monday for an all-school morning meeting in Gardiner Theater.
As a complement to the Episcopal services offered in the Chapel, Trinity-Pawling offers students an array of opportunities to participate in religious services off campus. We provide regular rides on Sunday mornings to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in the village for the celebration of the Eucharist, to Roman Catholic Mass at St. John’s Church in Pawling, to Shabbat Services at Temple Beth Elohim in Brewster, and to Friday Prayers at Masjid Al-Noor in Wappingers Falls.
My four years at T-P provided me with a myriad of leadership opportunities, serving as captain, proctor, and prefect. Yet, I'm most proud of my role as acolyte and Senior Sacristan. The chapel shaped me as much as sports did.
Stew McKnelly ’86
Students and faculty are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences in chapel talks. They are a longstanding tradition at Trinity-Pawling School.