In Memoriam: Jesse Anderson, Jr. ‘61


The Rev. Canon Jesse Anderson, Jr., Class of 1961 and recipient of an honorary doctorate in 1964, died April 4, 2017. From 1991 to 2001 he was the 16th Rector of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia (founded by Absalom Jones).

Born in New York City and reared and educated in Philadelphia, Anderson graduated from Lincoln University before attending General and being ordained into the priesthood in 1961. He served parishes in the Diocese of Washington, D.C. and Connecticut before returning to Philadelphia to serve as rector of St. Thomas, where his father served as 14th rector.

Anderson also served as President of the Union of Black Episcopalians, and the Convener of the Black Clergy in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. He moved the congregation from the 52nd and Parrish Streets site to its current location. He renewed the parish with the incorporation of his Liberation Mass into the liturgy, Afro-centric depiction of Christ, and the formation of the St. Thomas Gospel Choir.

Please keep his beloved wife, Connie, and family members in your prayers.

Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. Connie Anderson 4848 Carrington Circle Sarasota, Florida 34243