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Cadets in chapel bowing their heads in prayer.


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 in growing into complete men of character. An essential component of their development is their spiritual maturity and well-being. Spirituality is intrinsically connected to virtues, morality, and ethics. We strive to assist all young men in growing into spiritually mature individuals.


Some key components of spiritual life at Hargrave are twice-weekly chapel, relational ministry, the Bible Survey course, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, attending church services in the community, daily individual devotion time, cadet group devotionals, 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 emphasize the character traits we teach daily.

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.

Since Hargrave is a school built on Christian principles, our staff and faculty strives to love and nurture each young man in a Christ-like manner. That means selflessly 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 develop into well-rounded, productive members of their community.