The heart of spiritual life can be found in the mission of Kent School: “To educate students intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually so that they will be prepared to contribute to the common good in the world beyond Kent School."
St. Joseph's Chapel is at the literal and figurative center of student experience at Kent. Depending on the occasion, time in the Chapel can range from lighthearted to serious, from challenging to cathartic. And, no matter your faith tradition, you will find the space welcoming and supportive.
Originally constructed in 1930, St. Joseph's Chapel holds a significant place in the heart of Kent students and alumni.
Architects Roger Bullard, Arthur L. Harmon, and Philip H. Frohman are credited with the design of St. Joseph's Chapel. Harmon later joined the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, who designed the Empire State Building. Frohman spent 50 years working on the Washington National Cathedral.
The original construction of St. Joseph’s Chapel began on May 14, 1930 and concluded on September 20, 1930. The stained glass was created by Clement Heaton in the grisaille glass style.
The ten bells in the Chapel Tower were cast on November 15, 1930 by Mears and Stainbank of London, England. The bells were a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Humphrey when the life of one of their sons was spared. Mr. Humphrey was president of the Fathers' Association.
The Chapel was consecrated on May 30, 1931 by The Right Reverend E. C. Acheson, D. D., Bishop of Connecticut.
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