School ordains its first female chaplain

St. George’s School out of Middletown was established over 120 years ago and is currently experiencing some major positive changes. On Thursday January 18, 2018 51 year old Rev. Jackie Kirby was installed as the first female chaplain at St. George’s School.

Rev. Jackie Kirby was born and raised just outside of Baltimore and attended divinity school at Yale. Jackie explains her childhood religious upbringing as Episcopal and played a leading role in her upbringing and childhood. Jackie admits that while in High School and college her faith became a bit less important.

After college Kirby was teaching as an English and Expository Writing professor at Boston University. While teaching at Boston University religion became a important factor in her life again as she also took on the position of associate director of the Communication Arts and Sciences Writing Program. Jackie Kirby decided to return to her Episcopal faith after being invited to a Unitarian Church service. She was greatly moved by the sermon and it rekindled the deep rooted faith from her upbringing.

The religious turning point in Rev. Jackie Kirby’s life brought her back to school. She attended Yale for divinity school and she earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. These educational moves brought her to St. George’s school. She admitted that she always had a love for St. George’s. Kirby had heard wonderful things about the school and that St. George’s in a warm and supportive academy that wants all students to succeed. She teaches two classes each semester at St. George’s and she leads religious services.

Jackie feels as though her career in education prior to her becoming an ordained priest has helped her connect better with the students. The students have even formed a Tuesday evening prayer meeting and it is for interfaith students. Kirby spends her free time visiting female inmates at the Cranston women’s prison. She also enjoys biking, exercising and spending time with her family.