Chapel & Spirituality

Sundays at the Chapel
All are welcome to join us for regular worship services at 11 a.m. on Sunday when school is in session. We also invite you to join us at 3 p.m. on most Sundays for a free Carillon concert.

The Chapel’s Role and History

The Irvine Memorial Chapel serves as a campus reminder of our mission to teach students to approach life thoughtfully and creatively, to develop moral character, to live for something beyond themselves, to value their own spirituality, and to serve others.

Our Chapel is the culmination of 30 years’ worth of dreaming, planning, and working by Dr. William Mann Irvine, founder and first headmaster (1893–1928) of Mercersburg Academy, and his wife Camille. Designed by Ralph Adams Cram (of Cram and Ferguson), the Chapel was dedicated in 1926 to the memory of Mercersburg alumni killed in World War I. It was rededicated at the Centennial Celebration of the Academy in 1993 as the Irvine Memorial Chapel. The Chapel spire, a replica of St. Mary the Virgin at Oxford, contains one of 163 traditional carillons in the United States.

In addition, to the Easter-morning community Sunrise and Christmas Candlelight Services, the Chapel hosts performances by the 120-voice Mercersburg Area Community Chorus.
The entire school community meets frequently in the Chapel for the Chapel Speaker Series. This lecture series features student speakers and distinguished guests from a wide range of professions and religious backgrounds to discuss moral and ethical questions.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236