Episcopal Tradition


St. Mary’s is a school founded in the tradition of the Episcopal Church, and in that light we strive to be a welcoming, respectful, inclusive community. Students, faculty, and staff at St. Mary's transcend all creeds and religions. Our Christian tradition welcomes girls of all faiths and actively fosters their faiths as a strong and joyous basis for living principled lives, being active members of the community, and giving of themselves to others. We celebrate – and try to live – the values of being kinder than necessary, being an upstander, and serving our neighbors from a heart of compassion.

One of the visible markers of our Episcopal identity is Chapel. Girls in the Middle and Upper Schools attend Chapel every day, while girls in the Early Childhood Center and Lower School attend Chapel once a week. Chapel serves as a centering moment in our busy world and is a time to gather as a community to celebrate our shared life. We hear stories of faith, stories from our students, and the stories of guests who represent a wide spectrum of the best of the Memphis community. St Mary's strives to create an environment that is comfortable for both Christians and non-Christians, encouraging girls to find the love of God at work in each other and to seek truth in places they might not have otherwise looked. In such a community, acts of kindness are encouraged and community service is expected.

At St. Mary’s, we have faith in one another. Students, faculty, and staff respect and help each other at school and beyond. Our Episcopal identity affects the teachings of the faculty, and informs the decisions made by the staff, administration, and Board of Trustees. The Episcopal tradition teaches us to respect the dignity of everyone we meet, and this allows us to live more fully into our mission: to enable and encourage each student to reach her individual potential.

The St. Mary's Middle and Upper School campus is shared with Church of the Holy Communion.