May 8, 2018
Dear General Seminary Alumni,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of the beloved priest, professor, and friend, the Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain. Mitties died earlier today after a brief hospitalization.
Mitties was born in Pasadena, California. After receiving a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, she earned her doctorate in communications from University of California – Los Angeles in 1987. She was ordained in 1996 and taught homiletics at Fuller Theological Seminary. Shortly afterwards, she became Trinity Church Professor of Preaching in 1998. While at General, she was also active as a priest and preacher throughout New York City. From 2007-2014, she served as Vicar at St. Clements Episcopal Church.
Mitties was presented with the Clement Clarke Moore Medal on May 10, 2016. The award states:
With joy and grateful recognition for her many years of service to the seminary as Trinity Church Professor of Preaching and the very special gift of love she brought to the community as a Chaplain at Ground Zero in the wake of 9/11. She has been a tireless servant shining Christ’s light in the world.
As you remember Mitties in your prayers, please also pray for her brother Scott as well as the children of her late husband Ron: Jeff, Laurel, and Chontel.
The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean & President
The General Theological Seminary
of The Episcopal Church
UPDATE ON SERVICE INFORMATION:
The New York funeral for Mitties will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Times Square. Bishop Dietsche will preside, Bishop Shin will preach, and David Hurd will direct the music.
The Los Angeles service will be on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the the Cathedral Center of Saint Paul, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles. Bishop Catherine Roskam will be the celebrant, The Rev. Betsy Hooper-Rosebrook '87 will preach, and The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija '14 will be the minister of ceremonies.