Light in the Darkness

The Pomfret School Community gathered for the annual celebration of light.


Hundreds of people from across the world virtually joined the Pomfret School community in Clark Memorial Chapel for the annual celebration of light. Honoring the spirit of Pomfret’s mission, the program brought together students, employees, and community members to celebrate the season through beautiful music, inspiring words, the lighting of candles, and gathering again around the common wish for peace on earth and an offering of goodwill to all peoples.

Pomfret’s vocal ensemble — the GriffTones, the Chamber Ensemble, and the Festival Chorus and Orchestra performed musical numbers with the common themes of light, candles, and peace. Head of School Tim Richards delivered warm, welcoming remarks of hope and peace, and reminded those in attendance that “all the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” He went on to say “Tonight, we will light our candles as a powerful symbol of the light within us and the light we may offer one another.”

His words were followed by readings by Sebastian Arreola '25, Grace Charles '24, and Bob Dong '23. Flutist Hannah Park ’24 performed “Concertino for Flute & Piano, Op. 107,” accompanied by pianist Nancy Ducharme. After the final reading — delivered by Tatum Fisher '22 — participants lit their candles and watched the light spread to fill the Chapel, recalling the charge that Tatum delivered “to imagine the ways that you are called to be the light in the world and to see the powerful reach each person's light has to brighten the room and the lives in the world around us.” Before Director of Spiritual Life Bobby Fisher offered his benediction, he invited everyone to raise their candles together in the name of love.  

“Candlelight was a beautiful event and it was so worth the wait having missed it last year,” said Tatum. “Being centered on music, the symbol of light, and the wide range of voices and talents, it was such a beautiful way to see our community shine!”

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