IN MEMORIAM: Peyton Craighill ‘65

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The Rev. Dr. Peyton Gardner Craighill, Class of 1965, died peacefully in Lexington, VA on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at age 89. He was born in Nanchang, China on October 24, 1929, also known as Black Thursday, the day that the Wall Street stock market first crashed, as the youngest child of missionaries Marian Gardner Craighill, a teacher and writer, and Lloyd Rutherford Craighill, Sr., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Anqing.

Craighill spent his early childhood years in China until World War II and spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese for most of his life. His father and future father-in-law Donald Roberts, a college professor in Shanghai, were both interned in a Japanese concentration camp while Peyton, his mother, and his siblings, the late Lloyd Rutherford Craighill, Jr. and Kate Craighill Roberts, returned to the United States and settled with family in Englewood, NJ. He attended the Englewood School for Boys (now Dwight-Englewood School) and began his lifelong passion for opera at age 13, taking the New York bus across the Hudson River to buy standing room tickets at the old Met.

He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, followed by Yale University where he participated in the Directed Studies program, sang tenor with the Yale Glee Club and an octet called the Augmented Seven, and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. At that time he discerned his call to the priesthood and returned to the “Holy Hill” in Alexandria for his master’s in divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon and a priest at St. James Church, Lothian, MD on July 10, 1954 by his father and sponsored by Bennett Sims, future Bishop of Atlanta and then rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, where Peyton served as a curate.

While he lived in Baltimore his sister Kate embarked on a matchmaking effort to connect him with a Swarthmore College student, Mary Markley Roberts, Kate’s husband John Roberts’ first cousin. Mary had been too little to bother with while they were children in China; her older brothers Harley and Markley Roberts were far more interesting companions for a young boy. Their first official date was in Philadelphia at the Victor Café, launching a romance and Peyton’s pursuit of Mary which spanned more than half a decade as they worked in different corners of the globe - Peyton following missionary family tradition as a chaplain in Okinawa and Mary as a teacher in Beirut, Lebanon.

In 1961 Peyton joined the faculty of Tainan Theological College in Taiwan, and on April 24, 1962 he and Mary were married at the college chapel. They served a joint ministry as teachers and administrators, Peyton eventually as vice principal, returning twice to the US to pursue a master of sacred theology degree at General and later a PhD in liturgy at Princeton Theological Seminary. Their children, Cecily Gardner Craighill Davis and Peyton Markley Craighill, were born during their years in Princeton, NJ.

He was a member of the Southeast Asia Association for Theological Education and the Taiwan Church Consultation Council, and was influential in the design and construction of several Episcopal churches in Taiwan. He maintained a love of architecture and design throughout his life, especially around worship spaces. The annual member conferences of the North American Academy of Liturgy were a highlight for him each year.

The family moved back to Princeton in 1978 and Peyton spent several years working at the Episcopal Church Center in New York before becoming Associate Dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. While in Sewanee Peyton realized his lifelong dream of designing and building a house in a style he came to call “Appalachian shibui,” which incorporated elements of Japanese, modern, and timber frame design.

In 1983 he joined the faculty at The Episcopal Academy in Merion, PA and served as a chaplain and religion teacher until 1988 when Allen Bartlett, Bishop of Pennsylvania, asked him to create and lead the School of the Diaconate to prepare vocational deacons for service. Peyton also served as a chaplain at maximum-security Graterford Prison, where he became very active in the criminal justice reform movement and joined the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Prison Society.

After his retirement - which he referred to as re-tiring, with four new tires and a new lease on ministry - Peyton spent two years at St. James Church in Taichung, Taiwan and, returning to the US, as a part-time Senior Associate at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA. He and Mary traveled often, several times with the Yale Alumni Chorus, and chaperoned a memorable trip one summer with Yale’s undergraduate chorus throughout Africa.  

They moved to the retirement community Kendal at Lexington in Virginia in 2008, where they became very involved at Grace Episcopal Church. Peyton was able to finally join the choir and indulge his love of singing instead of serving behind the altar. He found joy in keeping up with the Met Opera through the live HD broadcasts at the local Lexington movie theatre and found great purpose in his writings and program development for baptismal mission and the ministry of the laity. His utter delight for the past six years was showing anyone with eyes his ready stash of pictures of his adored granddaughter, Riley Elizabeth Craighill.

In recent years he developed Parkinson’s and slowly lost his ability to speak and to write, a difficult thing for a man who had spent his life as a teacher, a preacher, a counselor, a scholar and writer, and a singer.

He was predeceased by his parents, oldest brother Edward Gardner Craighill, who died of influenza at a year old, brother Lloyd, and sister-in-law Maryly Nute Craighill. He is survived by Mary, Cecily, son-in-law William John Davis, Jr., Peyton, daughter-in-law Ashley Elizabeth Jeffress Craighill, Riley, sister Kate, brother-in-law Markley, sister-in-law Leslie Chapman Roberts, nieces, nephews, and a constellation of cousins to whom he was devoted.


A memorial of Peyton’s life is expected to take place at Grace Episcopal Church on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Lexington, with an additional service planned for later in the year in Bryn Mawr, PA.

A New Call for Richard Norman ‘93

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The Rev. Canon Richard H. Norman, Class of 1993, has been named the new Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Southwest Florida, following the retirement of the Rev. Canon Michael Durning, Class of 1987. Since April 2018 he has served as the Canon for Mission and Ministry.

Before the call to the Diocese of Southwest Florida, Norman served as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church and School, Monroe, LA since 2013. His prior ministry experience includes service at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, Minn; Church of the Redeemer, Greenville, S.C.; All Saints, Chevy Chase, Md.; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Abbeville, La.  He also served as priest in charge of parishes in the Diocese of London. He holds S.T.M. and M.Div. degrees from General, an M.A. and B.Sc. from Louisiana State University and has trained in Congregational Wellness, and Stephen Ministry. 

Jorge Rivera-Torres '62 Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

The Rev. Jorge Rivera-Torres, with his wife the Rev. Blanca Otaño and Dean Dunkle, after receiving the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to Hispanic Episcopalian community.

The Rev. Jorge Rivera-Torres, with his wife the Rev. Blanca Otaño and Dean Dunkle, after receiving the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to Hispanic Episcopalian community.

The Rev. Jorge Juan Rivera-Torres, Class of 1962, received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award during the Alumni Memorial Eucharist, May 14, 2019, a highlight of the annual Alumni Gathering. As historian at the Diocese of Puerto Rico, Padre Jorge’s work has kept Anglican/Episcopal history alive, and provided an example of a bridge between the Puerto Rican identity and the Episcopal Church’s ethos and tradition.

Padre Jorge was introduced by the Rev. John Shirley, Class of 2017, who had nominated him for the award. Rivera-Torres’ work and reputation had left a deep impression on Shirley while he was working in the Diocese of Puerto Rico in 2016. He emphasized that as the contemporary Episcopal Church faces the challenge of embracing and meeting the needs of the various Latino/Latina/Latinx communities that feel called into our fold, we can look to the work and writings of Padre Rivera-Torres for an example of how a once predominantly white and Anglo religious tradition adapted itself to a completely different culture.

Rivera-Torres also preached at the Memorial Eucharist, emphasizing the timeless and transcendent value of knowing the concept of Resurrection in better identifying Jesus’ presence among us today. He noted the creative impulse of the Resurrection as a motivating force delivering God’s liberating strength to each one of us today. Read the full text of his sermon here.

The Memorial Eucharist is a time of remembrance and for lifting up in prayer those alumni whose deaths have been reported to the Seminary over the past year. The Necrology was read by Community Council President Thomas Szczerba, Class of 2020. Download a copy of the 2018-2019 Necrology.

At a reception following, Padre Jorge reminisced and answered questions about his years of work with Hispanic communities across the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. He was introduced by the Rev. Dr. Carla Roland Guzman, our affiliate professor of Church History., who glowingly acknowledged his profound support of her own discernment process as a young postulant.

Later in the day, alumni led workshops looked at the challenges of Hispanic ministry and the potential for growth.  The Rev. Miguel Hernandez ’13 shared tools and techniques he is using in the Diocese of Newark. The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija ’14, shared experiments he is developing as Director of the TryTank (a joint venture between General and VTS) to aid and inspire Latinx outreach.

Click here to read more about Padre Jorge and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

A New Call for Renee L. Fenner ‘05

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The Rev. Renee L. Fenner, Class of 2005, has been called to serve as Priest-in-Charge for the Episcopal Church of All Saints and Ascension, St. Louis, MO.  Since 2010 she served as the Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Florissant, which is located in North St. Louis County.  Prior to St. Barnabas she served as Canon Pastor and Liturgist of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.

Fenner is a native St. Louisan and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Webster University.  After graduation she taught acting and dance and performed for many years in Springfield, IL.  Upon returning to St. Louis in the early 80’s, Rev. Fenner enjoyed working for both local affiliates of PBS and CBS.  Afterwards she belonged for several years to a religious community, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.  In 1999 she joined the Episcopal Church and graduated from General in May of 2005.  She was ordained to the transitional diaconate on December 22, 2004 and ordained as priest on June 24, 2005.  During her time of ordained ministry Fenner has served on Diocesan Standing Committee, the Commission on Ministry, and on Diocesan Council (she is currently fulfilling a remaining term on Council at the bequest of Bishop Smith).  She is also serving on the Bishop Transition Committee.

She is passionate about her family, good liturgy, and being in service to and with God’s people.  She loves listening to Gospel music and enjoys art in all forms.  In her “spare time”, Fenner is an active member of Hawthorne Players, a community theatre group in Florissant, and enjoys working on and offstage.

A New Call for Andrew Wright '03, '12

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On July 1 the Rev. Dr. Andrew R. Wright, Classes of 2003 and 2012, will join the staff of the Bishop of Newark as Canon to the Ordinary. He will succeed the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, who concludes his tenure on June 30.

Andrew’s duties will include serving as Chief of Staff; staff liaison to Diocesan Council, Trustees, and Standing Committee; clergy licensing, wellness, formation and continuing education; training and oversight of church consultants; and Title IV clergy misconduct matters.

Andrew has served a variety of congregations and dioceses since his ordination in 1995. Since 2013, he has been at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, serving alongside Bishop Carlye Hughes until her departure in 2018. For his first five years at Trinity, Andrew ministered primarily to children, youth, families, and young adults as the Associate Rector. In 2018, he was asked to step into the role of Interim Rector, following Bishop Hughes’ election. In the Diocese of Fort Worth, Andrew was elected Secretary of the Diocese and appointed Chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee, serving in those roles for the last four years. He also served on the Commission on Ministry, as the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, and on the Board of Examining Chaplains.

Prior to his time in Fort Worth, Andrew was Rector of a parish in the nearby Diocese of Dallas. Most of his ministry, however, has been away from his native state of Texas, serving as Rector, Priest-in-Charge, or Assistant at congregations in Maryland, New York, Nebraska, and Tennessee. He even spent a brief period as a supply priest in the Diocese of Newark.

As a student at General, Andrew earned the Doctor of Theology and Master of Sacred Theology degrees, both focused on Liturgical Theology. He is also a graduate of the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee) and Texas Christian University (across the street from Trinity, Fort Worth).

In addition to parish ministry, Andrew has taught courses as an adjunct at Caspersen School of Theology at Drew University, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and the Stanton School for Ministry in the Diocese of Dallas. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Society of Scholar Priests, and the American Academy of Religion.

A native of Borger, TX, Andrew grew up in the Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of Northwest Texas, formed especially by church camp and diocesan youth ministry. He has three adult children, Aidan, Naomi, and Macrina, who live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has enjoyed supporting and performing in community theatre in various cities and directed a summer youth outreach theatre company for four years with his family in Texas. He loves storytelling, music and art, both science and science fiction, D&D and other role-playing games, and, in the spirit of via media, enjoys both Star Trek and Star Wars, both DC and Marvel... but leans a bit more towards Star Trek and DC. He has a cat named Mjölnir.

“What I love about ministry is helping people make connections with God and each other, particularly through experiences of worship and formation,” said Andrew. “I’m excited to discover ways to support clergy and congregations in their own ministries of connection and relationship. I’m deeply honored and thankful for the opportunity to serve with Bishop Hughes in this new context. It is an unexpected gift to be able to continue in ministry under her leadership and vision. I look forward to renewing connections with folks in the diocese and meeting many new friends and colleagues.”

“I have been blessed to serve with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Wright in Fort Worth and am very excited that he will join our staff,” said Bishop Hughes. “Andrew brings a deep knowledge and experience of the church, its people, and governance. His gifts for ministry, insight, and wisdom about the needs of a rapidly changing church will be a great blessing to all of us.”

From the Diocese of Newark announcement, May 22, 2019

IN MEMORIAM: Albert Peters ‘55

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The Rev. Albert Fitz-Randolph Peters "Al", "Father Pete", Class of 1955, of Seaford, Delaware died at age 91 on Friday, April 26, 2019, at ACTS Manor House in Seaford. He was born on September 13, 1927 in Washington, DC, son of the late Albert F. Peters, Sr. and Marguerite (Brewer) Peters. 

Peters proudly served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Following the war, he received his BA from the College of Arts and Sciences before attending General Seminary. While at college he became a member of Beta Beta Beta. Following seminary, he became an ordained Episcopal priest in 1955 at Washington National Cathedral. 

His many church appointments included, All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD; Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains New York; St. Agnes & Ascension Episcopal Church in Washington, DC; St. Margaret of Scotland in Chicago, Illinois; and St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Bridgeville, DE. While in the Delaware Region he was the Program Coordinator for Sussex County for the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.

In addition to his parents, Peters was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Robinson Peters. He is survived by two sisters in law: Alice Pitt Robinson of Lewes, DE and Dorothy Battle Rankin Robinson of Georgetown, DE; and many extended nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services were held at St. George's Episcopal Church, Rt 23, Angola, DE on Monday May 13, 2019 at 11:00 am with Rev. Eunice Dunlap officiating. Memorial services will be held at the Manor House, Seaford, DE on Friday May 24th at 2PM with the Manor House Chaplain, Paul Rosa officiating. A service of remembrance will be held during the morning Sunday Services at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Bridgeville, DE on Sunday June 16, 2019 at 10:30 am with Fr. Carl Mosley officiating. 

Published in The News Journal on May 2, 2019

A New Call for Steve Schunk ‘18

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The Rev. Steve Schunk, Class of 2018, has been called as Priest-in-Charge at the Episcopal Church of the Regeneration, Pine Plains, NY. He has been serving as Priest Associate at Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY since September 2018.

Schunk is a second career, first vocation Priest, ordained on September 15, 2018, at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He has also completed two full units of Interfaith Hospital Chaplaincy and is a trained Mediator for individuals, whether in business or with families. Schunk is a longtime resident of the Hudson Valley and currently resides in Highland, NY with his husband Doug and their young Goldendoodle, Zeke.

A New Call for Anita Schell ‘83

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The Rev. Dr. Anita Louise Schell, Class of 1983 and a member of our Alumni Executive Committee, has been called to serve as Provisional Priest-in-Charge for Saint Ann's Parish, Old Lyme, CT. Since 2010 she has served as the Rector of Emmanuel Church in Newport, RI.

 A native of Lancaster, PA, Schell has for over 35 years served in congregations and schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Vermont and Rhode Island. She also holds degrees in music, English literature, and world religions from Brown University and the Episcopal Divinity School, where she wrote her doctorate thesis on the topic of environmental justice.

 Most recently Schell served for four years as President of RI Interfaith Power & Light and in various positions in the Diocese of Rhode Island. She is a Board Director for the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence and a member of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.  

 She is the mother of Theo and Rachel and grandmother to Crosby and Quentin. She is married to Stephen MacAusland, a passionate environmentalist, paddler and videographer. Anita is avid about classical, particularly vocal, music, yoga, kayaking and being a vegetarian. 

IN MEMORIAM: William Bosbyshell ‘58

Pictured above, the Rev. Dr. Bosbyshell, at right, with the Rev. Bob Browning, at the 2014 Retired Clergy and Spouses event in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Pictured above, the Rev. Dr. Bosbyshell, at right, with the Rev. Bob Browning, at the 2014 Retired Clergy and Spouses event in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

The Rev. Dr. William Allen Bosbyshell, Class of 1958 and long-time Southwest Florida priest, died Friday, May 10, 2019. "Fr. Bill," as many knew him, was not only a familiar priest at many parishes, but counseled hundreds of laity and clergy over his second career as a counselor. He was past executive director of the Episcopal Counseling Center (Samaritan Center) in the Diocese of Southwest Florida

Born Oct. 15, 1933 in Philadelphia to John H. Bosbyshell and Lilla Gibson Bosbyshell Mitterling, he received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1955. After graduating from General, he later received a Masters and PhD in education and counseling from the University of Florida. He was ordained deacon in 1958 and priest also that year, under the Rt. Rev. Oliver Hart. He met his wife Caroline at Swarthmore; they married after seminary. Their wedding was at St. Andrew's in Tampa, where Caroline's family attended.

He served first as curate at Grace Church, Mt. Airy, Penn. and was Canon Sacristan at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando from 1960-62. He served as rector of St. Johns, Eau Gallie, from 1962-66. From 1966-1968 he was counselor to residents at the University of Florida, and later served as auxiliary chaplain of the 691st Radar Squadron in Cross City, Fla.

While living on the Space Coast from 1962-66, Bosbyshell felt the call to counseling. It was during the race to the moon, when the area was growing quickly, that the stress of the progress in the space program brought family issues. “So many people had problems,” said Caroline Bosbyshell. “They were over-working, up all night and at a bar at 6 a.m.”

He assisted and served in many churches in the new Diocese of Southwest Florida beginning in 1970, when he became associate director of the Episcopal Counseling Service in Southwest Florida and later Executive Director. He stayed at the Samaritan Center until 1990. In 1995, he finally retired after 19 years of psychological evaluations of aspirants for the ministry. He put his philosophy in words to the bishop’s office:

As a pastoral counselor, I have a ministry enabling people to grow in God’s love and grace as they face individual problems, overcome family difficulties, live through crises and make important decisions. I have been with people through times of depression and despair, in grief and loss when God seems remote and I would like to be with people also at turning points and celebrations when God’s response can be recognized and real.”

In a Samaritan Center brochure distributed to the diocese, Bosbyshell wrote that counseling was another way to make us more in the image that God intended:

“God holds out a hope and promise for each of us. The promise is that HE is within our life process, within our being, within our life. The hope is that, through our living in touch with ourselves and aware of God, we will experience the joy He intends for us.”

During his time at the center, he served as assistant at Good Shepherd, Dunedin, and later served at Church of the Ascension from 1972-77, and St. John’s Clearwater from 1978-90. He also served as canon at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter from 1990-98 under the then dean of the cathedral, the Very Rev. Barry Howe. He retired after 41 years of active ministry. In retirement he served a long tenure at St. Bede’s, assisting as priest from 2000-16.

His wife Caroline said that he was, in spite of his interest in counseling, very good at the altar. "When he was assisting, everything went right." While he was a traditionalist, he also was glad to "move on" and was in favor of ordaining women priests.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Caroline Thomas Bosbyshell; by children, William Allen Bosbyshell Jr. (Maura), Charlotte, NC;  Frances Lima (Al), St. Petersburg; and Mary Helen Landmesser (Kevin), Simpsonville, SC; grandchildren,  William Allen Bosbyshell III, Katherine D. Landmesser and Sarah H. Landmesser; brother, Ronald J. Bosbyshell, Texas and nephew, Ronald J. Bosbyshell, Jr. (Yolanda),Texas.  He was predeceased by his parents and nephew, Randall S. Bosbyshell.

A  Eucharistic celebration of his life will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 on Sunday, May 19, 2019; at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Ga. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cathedral Church of St. Peter.

 

IN MEMORIAM: Arthur Lillicrapp ‘74

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The Rev. Arthur R. Lillicrapp, Class of 1974, of Elk Grove California died on April 30, 2019 after a brief illness. Father Art was born in Rockville New York on June 7, 1947 and was ordained into the Priesthood on December 22, 1974, New York City, Diocese of New York, at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Along with his MDiv from General, he held an MS in Pastoral Counseling. He will be remembered for his quick wit, great sense of humor, intelligence and his compassion.

 Lillicrapp served in New York, Maryland and Northern California. Since moving to the west coast, he served at Redding Medical Center and then was called to serve at Kaiser South in Sacramento. During his years at Kaiser he built the Spiritual Care Programs and under his direction the program grew to have 17 volunteers and 30 Eucharistic ministers. He trained chaplains and created a Spiritual Care Advisory Council with people of all faiths.

 Lillicrapp loved music, (particularly the The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Pa.) gardening and working with the staff at Kaiser South. He was often quoted as saying, "my ten years at Kaiser were the happiest and most fulfilling of my life". He was predeceased by his beloved Daughter Phoebe, his parents Arthur Lillicrapp and Irene Nora (Yerger) Lillicrapp and his Sister Suzanne L. Anderson. He is survived by his Brother in Law Richard Anderson, his Nephews John Raymond Anderson (Beth), Stephen Arthur Anderson (Amy) his nieces and nephew, Molly Greer Anderson, Rachel Grace Anderson and Ian Arthur Anderson and his cousin Vicki Lillicrapp, along with other family and many friends.

 Funeral Services were held on Friday May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral 2620 Capital Avenue, Sacramento, California 95816. Internment Monday May 20 at 4:00p.m. at the Cathedral.