Religious and Spiritual Life
As a Catholic school, Holy Child observes traditional aspects of the faith, including morning prayer services and the liturgical celebration of Holy Days; however, Holy Child embraces the diverse and rich faith traditions of all of our students and faculty, and we are dedicated to providing a warm and open forum for exploring spiritual expression.
Religious studies courses are a required component of Holy Child's extensive curriculum. Some classes are devoted to the study of the Catholic faith, while others introduce students to the study of world religions, ethics and the role of faith in our modern world. These courses incorporate service learning so our students begin to learn how they can make a difference in the world.
In addition to regular liturgies and Catholic worship, students and faculty attend class retreats, which allow them precious time to step away from their busy lives to reflect on their faith, regardless of their faith tradition.
St. Walburga’s Chapel
During its centennial year, School of the Holy Child christened St. Walburga’s Chapel, which is located adjacent to the Mansion Parlor. This name is significant in the history of Holy Child as it honors St. Walburga’s Academy, Holy Child's original school, located on Riverside Drive in New York City. In 1957, after the City of New York commandeered the school’s property, St. Walburga’s Academy moved to its current location in Rye, N.Y. In the fall of 2007, 50 years after School of the Holy Child’s relocation, the school completed the renovations to St. Walburga’s Chapel in honor of its historical and spiritual roots.