Beyond the Close

IN MEMORIAM: Henry Male, Jr. ‘55

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The Rev. Canon Henry A. Male, Jr., Class if 1955, of Norway, Maine died peacefully on Friday, May 10 at the age of 89, with his sons at his side.

A lifelong Episcopalian, he was known for his deep compassion and caring for others. Male was born in Atlantic City, NJ, and was the younger of two children to Henry and Adelaide Male. He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College, a LTh. from General and ordained in 1955. He was assigned as Vicar to Church of Our Savior in Cheesequake, NJ, and also installed as rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Keyport, NJ in 1956. He served St. Mary’s until he was called to Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn, PA in 1967 where he served until he retired in 1993. He was also a Fellow at the College of Preachers in Washington, DC. In retirement he continued to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Barnabas in Rumford, ME from 1994 to 2006 and then Trinity Lutheran Church in South Paris, ME from 2006 to 2007. 


Henry’s commitment to ecumenism included leadership roles in the Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and trips to the Rome as a part of an Anglican-Roman Catholic Seminar in 1979 and 1984. He had numerous accomplishments advancing ecumenism as one of the pioneer clergymen of the Abington Ecumenical Ministerium in Clarks Summit, PA. His involvement with other organizations over the years included Rotary Club International, Oxford Hills SCORE, several local choral groups, and Ruby’s Gold Mine.

Male was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Ellen in 2015, and his daughter Margaret in 2011. He is survived by his two sons, Henry Arthur and his wife Donna, and Mark Andrew and his wife Melissa. He had three grandchildren: Mark Andrew Jr, Ashley Allison, and Kathryn Margaret. He had one greatgrandchild, Taylor Rose Childs. Also surviving are foster twins Pinky Cleary Kubiak and her husband Gordy of Sun Lakes, AZ and Hank Cleary and his wife Nadia of Red Bank, NJ. He has numerous nieces and nephews as well. 

Holy Eucharist was celebrated in honor of Henry’s life on Thursday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church Episcopal Church in Bridgton. Condolences and tributes may be shared with Henry’s family and friends at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

A New Book from Chris Webber ‘56

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Christopher L. Webber, Class of 1956, has published a new book that could be a useful resource for individuals looking for spiritual guidance and for church musicians looking for new material.  The title is “Christian Psalms for Worship and Prayer” and it includes 150 psalm texts based on the writings of some of the great spiritual guides in Christian history from Augustine and earlier to Julian of Norwich, Dorothy Day, and Desmond Tutu. It’s published by Wipf and Stock and is available from Amazon and the usual sources.

Webber is a pastoral associate at the Church of the Incarnation and at All Saints Church in San Francisco.

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.