Spiritual Life

Dr. Andrew Armond, ESA Chaplain

Episcopal schools are bold and experimental places that try to hold on to what seem to be two contradictory goals: to live into their identity as schools that present the traditions and worship of the Episcopal Church in an unapologetic way, but to be at the same time places of diversity and inclusion that honor the religious traditions of their students... The Episcopal Church of today, while resting firm on its traditional understanding of Jesus and his mission, also holds that we can honor and learn from a variety of other religious and non-religious perspectives. So what do we do when it comes to religion at an Episcopal school? On the one hand, we demonstrate that the foundation of the Episcopal school’s thirst for justice and the dignity of all people comes from the great heritage of the Christian tradition that honors the life and work of Jesus. And yet, on the other hand, we invite all students to contemplate their spirituality more deeply and intentionally, no matter what religious tradition they adhere to.

The Three Pillars of ESA's Episcopal Identity

List of 3 items.

  • Chapel Program

    Chapel services, held three times a week on the Cade campus and daily on the Lafayette campus, bring the community together for celebrating and learning through scripture and tradition, sharing of personal stories and journies, showcasing talents and enjoying spirit competitions. Each campus celebrates the Eucharist once a month.
  • Community Service

    ESA students serve the community through projects that include delivering treats and cheer to the elderly at holiday time, holding donation drives, playing bingo at a local nursing home, growing vegetables to donate and forming work crews for flood relief efforts. In the Middle School, service is tied to learning as year-long lessons culminate in service projects, such as coastal wetlands restoration (above).
  • Religious Education

    ESA's religious educaton program begins with an introduction to world religions taken by all eighth graders, and continues with electives in religious studies offered to upper schoolers. Find course descriptions on our Middle and Upper School curriculum pages under Social Studies.

Episcopal School of Acadiana

Episcopal School of Acadiana is a private coeducational day school for students in grades PK3 through 12. Our mission is to instill in every student the habits of scholarship and honor.
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