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May 18, 2011

St. Andrew's School Breaks Ground on New Chapel

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Students offered their prayers, hopes, and dreams

St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin broke ground March 31 for a new chapel on its 31st Street campus under the shade of large oak trees as hundreds of current and former students, faculty, families and friends joined to celebrate.


“We are so grateful to Charmaine and Gordon McGill and The Cain Foundation who lovingly saw in their hearts and minds the difference this chapel would make in the lives of St Andrew’s students for years and years to come,” said Head of School Lucy Nazro.


In October, St. Andrew’s announced it had received a generous grant from The Cain Foundation, which will fully fund the construction of the Chapel and provide for renovations and the beautification of the playing field. This gift was given in honor of Parker McGill and in memory of Frank McGill, both of whom attended St. Andrew’s through the eighth grade. The new chapel will physically unite the Lower and Middle Schools at the center of the campus. 


“This chapel will be an open but intimate space welcoming and warm, a place which is open to the field and surrounding academic buildings. It will bring the sacred into both the academic and athletic life of the school,” Nazro said. 

Chaplain Ashley Brandon read aloud prayers, hopes, and dreams for the new chapel, which were written by students and teachers from St. Andrew’s.  These notes will be mixed into the foundation of the new chapel, symbolizing the spirit of community upon which the chapel will be built.  Construction and renovations are expected to be completed in early 2012.