At Hargrave, we firmly believe it is the duty, responsibility and honor, of all of the faculty and staff to assist with the spiritual development of the young men under our care. The Corps of Cadets is made up of individuals from diverse walks of life, experiences, and faith traditions. The spiritual life component at Hargrave is designed to meet the needs of all Cadets, regardless of their background or perspective on faith and spirituality, and assist all young men to grow into complete men of character. An essential component of their development is their spiritual maturity and well being. Spirituality is intrinsically connected to characteristics such as virtue, morality and ethics. This being so, we strive to assist all young men in growing into spiritually mature and analytical individuals.
Some key components of spiritual life at Hargrave are chapel, relational ministry, the Bible Survey course and a Christian based structure for the school.
All cadets are required to attend chapel twice per week, where Cadets sing hymns and contemporary Christian worship music, and hear a message from either the chaplain or an invited guest speaker. These chapel messages come from a foundation grounded in Christian Scripture, and they relate to the character trait of the six weeks.
As a Christian-based institution, Hargrave requires that all Cadets complete a one semester Bible course. The primary objective for this course is to demonstrate the intricacies that make up the Christian Bible, and hopefully demonstrate to the students that regardless of their faith backgrounds, the Bible can be used as an instrument to guide our lives and help us to grow into individuals of character.
Overall, being a school built on Christian principles, means that the staff strives to love and nurture the young men in a Christ-like manner. That means sacrificially serving the students under our care, building relationships with them, and caring for them regardless of where they are in faith, and encouraging them to grow into fully developed, well rounded, productive members of society.