Beyond the Close

IN MEMORIAM: Ward H. Clabuesch ‘53


The Rev. Ward Clabuesch, Class of 1953, died on December 26, 2018 at the age of 91 after a long illness. Born in Bad Axe, MI, on June 1, 1927 Clabuesch was raised in Pigeon, MI, a small farming community in the Thumb area. After high school he entered the US Navy and served in the Pacific theater for 18 months, most notably as a cook on an LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) where he cooked for 40 men and baked 20 loaves of bread a day - mixed by hand in two batches! Preparing wonderful meals became a life-long hobby. During his time in the service he discovered the Episcopal Church.

In the fall of 1946 he entered Michigan State University and completed a degree in history. In 1950 he entered General. As a seminarian he worked in London, England, for one summer at St. Paul’s, London Docks, and another summer he did pastoral clinical training at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. On June 27, 1953 he was ordained to the Diaconate and on December 26, 1953 he was ordained to the Priesthood - both at All Saints’ Church in Pontiac, MI. As if by design, he died on the 65th anniversary of his ordination.

Clabuesch served at All Saints as assistant for two years, and then was elected Rector of St. Paul’s, Corunna, where he served for six years. In 1961, he was called to be Rector of St. Luke’s Church in Allen Park, and in 1971, called as Associate Rector to Christ Church, Dearborn. In 1976 he became the Rector of Christ Church, Dearborn, where he served until his “retirement” in 1992. He continued to serve in the Diocese of Michigan as both a supply and interim priest. He also served at St. Gregory’s in Boca Raton, FL, in the winter months for a number of years. Ultimately, he ended his career where it began, at All Saints’ Church, Pontiac. He celebrated his last Eucharist there December 29, 2013 - the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Throughout his career, Clabuesch was active on many Diocese of Michigan commissions and committees, including the Music Commission, the Ecumenical Commission, the Education Committee, the Future Planning Committee, and the Standing Committee. He also served as a Dean of the Westside Convocation and was on the board of the Whitaker School of Theology. Always community-minded he served as Chapter Chairman of the American Red Cross in Shiawassee County and in Dearborn as Chairman of the March of Dimes, member of the board of Michigan Cancer Society, member of the Human Subjects Review Board at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Oakwood Hospital. He was a founding member of the Board of the Dearborn Pastoral Center, and a member of the Dearborn Religious Alliance. He was a faithful Rotarian for several decades. When he returned to All Saints’ in 1994, he became involved in many of their community endeavors, but his favorite was Bound Together, an after school tutoring and meal program that is still going strong today.

Preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Bertha Clabuesch, his brother E.J. Clabuesch, and his sister Dorothea Porter, Fr. Clabuesch is survived by his partner Charles Sajewski, his daughter Anne Campbell (Mark) of Commerce Twp., MI, his son Stephen Clabuesch (Cecilia) of Santa Cruz, CA, his grandchildren, Kyle Baldwin, Sean Baldwin, and Piper Shin, and his great granddaughter Emma Baldwin. “Uncle Ward” is also survived by many nieces and nephews who always looked to him for wisdom, guidance, and a good story!

A Memorial Service was held on January 26, 2019 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 171 W. Pike St., Pontiac, MI.

Hiring: Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Hiring: Director of Admissions & Recruitment

The Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions is the external face of General Seminary among prospective students of all types.  The right person for this position must be energized by theological education, the work of the church, and the education and formation of Christian leaders, lay and ordained.

IN MEMORIAM: Eulalie Fenhagen


Eulalie Swinton McFall Fenhagen, 88, died peacefully at her home at Arbor Landing, Pawleys Island, SC on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Eulalie was the wife of The Very Rev. James Fenhagen II (deceased April 5, 2012), who was President and Dean of General from 1978-1992 and rector of several parishes in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and South Carolina.

The Fenhagens retired to South Carolina, and they were members of Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.  A funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island on Friday, February 8th at 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Fenhagen with the Rev. Jason D. Roberson, former General student, now Assistant Rector at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, her home parish on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

Mrs. Fenhagen with the Rev. Jason D. Roberson, former General student, now Assistant Rector at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, her home parish on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

Mrs. Fenhagen was born June 5, 1930, in Baltimore MD. She attended Sweetbriar College and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Social Work. She lived in Columbia, SC, Washington DC, Hartford, CT, New York, NY, Georgetown, SC and finally Pawleys Island, SC. She dearly loved her three children: daughter (Leila, deceased November 7, 2005); sons James Corner Fenhagen III (Julianne) and John McFall Fenhagen, as well as two grandchildren, Aaron David Fenhagen and Jessica Moreno Trahan. Her full life was a unique mix of gracious hospitality, honest critique, passion for social justice, compassion for those in need, and a deep spirituality combined with a feisty spirit and a robust sense of humor. The breadth and depth of her experiences made their way into stories she shared to mentor, enlighten and entertain her family and numerous friends around the world.

A funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Friday, February 8 at 10 am, and a committal service will be held at St John's Georgetown Parish, Washington, D.C., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or Tidelands Community Hospice Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC, 29440. Sign an online guestbook at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

IN MEMORIAM: John Romig Johnson ‘60


The Reverend Dr. John Romig Johnson, 84, of Charleston SC died Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Born February 17, 1935, Johnson was a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland; a PhD (with Distinction) in Psychiatry and Religion from the Union Theological Seminary, an M.Div.(with Honors) from General; and a Magna cum Laude B.A. from Furman University. He served as Professor of Pastoral Theology at General and on the faculty of several other seminaries and universities. He was rector of St. John's, Staten Island, NY from 1999-2005 and also served at several other churches in New York.

Since 1977 Johnson was also a Jungian analyst offering psychotherapy for individuals and couples. He had a private practice in Manhattan and was a senior member of the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in New York as well as a supervising psychologist for their training program. He became an internationally known Jungian analyst before moving his practice to Charleston, SC., where he also served as priest associate at St. Stephen’s and Old St. Andrew’s.

Johnson was a professional member of the International Association of Analytical Psychologists, and the New York Association for Analytical Psychology and a Diplomate Psychoanalyst in the National Accreditation Association and the American Examining Board of Psychoanalysis. He was also a Diplomate Pastoral Psychotherapist in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and author of a number of articles and reviews on marriage and family issues, physical disability, and pastoral care concerns.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Nicole Watts of Charleston.

The funeral will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm at Grace Church Cathedral (98 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC) with a reception to follow.

A New Call for Michael Horvath ‘17


The Reverend Michael J. Horvath, Class of 2017, has been called as the 18th Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Bristol, Rhode Island, beginning April 2019.  Michael has most recently been serving as Curate and Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas.  He also served on the Diocese of Texas’ Vocations Taskforce and was a board member of the Episcopal Seniors Foundation.

Jorge Juan Rivera-Torres '62 to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award


The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Jorge Juan Rivera-Torres, Class of 1962, is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.  As historian at the Diocese of Puerto Rico, his 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.

Jorge Juan Rivera-Torres was ordained as a Priest of the Puerto Rico  Episcopal Church  on December 24, 1962 by Bishop A. Ervine Swift; six months after his ordination as Deacon on June 23rd. 

During his 56 years of ordination he has served as Pastor of eight churches and for 38 years as Historian and Archivist of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico.  Throughout his ministry he has been active in different programs of the Church including service as Director of the Pastoral Clinic Program for 13 years.

Since 1971 Padre Jorge was a pioneer in the development and implementation of work with Hispanics communities of the Episcopal Church in USA. From 1973 to 1980 he coordinated the procedure for the inauguration of the Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico as an Extra Provincial Diocese of the Anglican Communion. In the 1980s he served as Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Episcopal Province; as a member of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) and of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI). In the 90s during his ministry at Saint Luke and Saint Mary the Virgin Churches, he wrote the first volume of Historical Documents of The Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico, documenting the presence of Anglicanism in 1872 to the inauguration of the Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña in 1980.  Since 2000 he has authored two books: Historical Documents of The Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico, Vol. 2 and Pastoral Clinic Leadership Training.

In 2011 Rivera-Torres established the Historical Archive of the Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico with approximately 4,000 documents available for research and reference.  In 2016 he directed the organization and establishment of a Museum with an exhibition of documents, collection of the Book of Prayer, vestments, works of art, and church important sacred objects. During the 110 Assembly of the Diocese of The Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico, the Museum was dedicated to The Rev Jorge Juan Rivera-Torres.

The Rev. Rivera-Torres was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on May 4, 1936.  He graduated from Ripon College in Wisconsin before attending General and receiving his Master of Divinity in 1962. He has furthered his education with studies at the University of Puerto Rico in History and at Carlos Albizu University in Psychology.

He is married to The Rev. Blanca E. Otaño (Blanqui) ordained as the first Hispanic clergywoman in the Presbyterian Church USA. He has three daughters Lisa Marie, Aurora Taina and Sofia Cristina and one son Jorge Juan. He is the grandfather of Jorge Juan III, Sergio Andrés and Valentina Sofía.

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 to see how a once predominantly white and Anglo religious tradition adapted itself to a completely different culture.

Rivera-Torres will preach and be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Memorial Eucharist May 14, 2019, during the next annual Alumni Gathering. Please go to for more information.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created in 2004 to recognize and hold up Seminary degree holders with both extraordinarily original, path breaking ministries and extraordinarily faithful, though quiet ministries. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Award. Contact for more information or to make a nomination.

The past recipients of the GTS Distinguished Alumni Award are:

2018 The Rev. Deacon Geraldine A. Swanson ’08, Deacon to the Richmond Episcopal Ministry

2017 The Rev. Steven E. Hulme ’59, Rector Emeritus, St. John’s Church, Niantic, Connecticut

2016 The Rev. Paula M. Jackson ‘85, Rector, Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, Cincinnati, Ohio

2015 The Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby, ’63, Dean Emeritus, Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire

2014 The Rev. Margaret Ann Muncie, ’74, Executive Director, Canterbury Counseling Center, Greenville, SC

2012/2013 Br. Clark Berge, ’84, Minister General of the Society of St. Francis

2011 The Rev. Dr. Minka Shura Sprague, M.A. ‘78, Th.D ‘85, St. James Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi, scholar, author, preacher, lecturer, and workshop/retreat leader

2010 The Rev. John L. Kater, ‘66 Professor Emeritus of Ministry Development, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

2009 The Very Rev. David duPlantier '93 Dean, Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans LA, Co-founder Jericho Road Housing Project

2008 The Rev. Dr. Marion J. Hatchett '66 and '72, Professor Emeritus, University of the South, School of Theology, Sewanee, Tenn

2007 The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz '93, Canon for Ministry, Diocese of New Jersey and author of several volumes, including Fireweed Evangelism; and The Rev. J. Fletcher Lowe '59 Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

 2006 Dr. Henry Carse '94 Director, Kids-4-Peace, St. George’s College, Jerusalem

 2005 The Rev. Bertram Bennett '75, Priest-in-Charge, St. David’s, Bronx, NY and Chair, South Bronx Churches 

 2004 The Revs. Richard Fabian '70 and Donald Schell '71, Co-founders and co-rectors, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco


IN MEMORIAM: Gregory M. Howe ‘64

The Rev. Gregory Michael Howe, Class of 1964, eighth Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer, died on Jan. 12, 2019, nine days after his 80th birthday, at Seashore Point Wellness and Rehabilitation Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Born in New York City on January 3, 1939, he was the son of James William And Dorothy Anita Behling Howe and educated at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, Howe’s interest in liturgy was honed in childhood, growing up at St. Ignatius of Antioch in New York City, then as a boy chorister at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. After his graduation from Columbia and General, he was ordained a deacon in 1964, and priest in 1965. He served at Christ Church, Dover, Delaware, first as a curate, then as rector, from 1964 to 1998. During his tenure in the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, Greg served on the Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, and as Chair of the Standing Committee.

During a sabbatical in 1980, Howe pursued post-graduate work at the Pontifical University of San Anselmo in Rome and then at Saint George’s College in Jerusalem. A longtime deputy to General Convention (1975-1997), he served on the Committee on Prayer Book and Liturgy, and helped craft many new rites and see them through the legislative process, especially “expansive language.” In 2000, then Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold appointed him Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer, a position he held until 2015. His encyclopedic knowledge of BCP history proved an invaluable resource for both Church Publishing and the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. During his tenure, he oversaw authorized translations of the 1979 BCP in various languages. Together with the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, Phoebe Pettingell, and the Rev. Jennifer Phillips, he contributed to Gleanings: Essays on Expansive Language with Prayers for Various Occasions) (Church Publishing, 2001).

Howe and his wife of 50 years, Bernice (Bunny), retired to Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1998 where, until his death, Howe remained a vital part of the community, and of the Episcopal Parish of St. Mary of the Harbor. He was especially grateful for the loving care shown to him by his neighbors Lynn Hartness, Guy Busa and Scott Gasparello and for the excellent care provided by Seashore Point Wellness and Rehabilitation Center, VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, Dr. William Shay and Dr. Brian O’Malley. 

A Requiem Eucharist in thanksgiving for Howe’s life and his service to the church was celebrated on Friday, January 25 at St. Mary of the Harbor in Provincetown, followed by a reception in St. Mary’s Nicholson Hall. 

A New Call for Bowie Snodgrass ‘15

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Bishop Carlye J. Hughes has appointed The Rev. Bowie Snodgrass, Class of 2015, to be Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ effective Sunday, January 20, 2019. Bowie arrived in the parish in June 2016 as a Curate after she received her Masters of Sacred Theology from General in 2016.

Snodgrass has been the Associate Rector of the parish since March 2018, overseeing Spiritual Formation and Newcomer Welcome, in addition to serving as Chaplain at the Christ Church Nursery School. She was sponsored for ordination in the Diocese of New York by the Congregation of St. Saviour at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and served as Wisdom Year Resident and Deacon at the Parish of Calvary-St. George's.

Before ordination, Snodgrass's professional lay ministry in New York included service as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. James' Episcopal Church; Executive Director of Faith House Manhattan; and a redesign of as Web Content Editor at the Episcopal Church Center. From 2010-11, Bowie was a lay member on the Task Group selected to produce a new liturgy for same-gender blessings on behalf of the Standing Commission of Liturgy and Music. Her ecumenical experience includes serving on the Steering Committee for Christian Churches Together and as an Episcopal Delegate for the National Council of Churches in Christ. She was a co-founder of Transmission, an emerging house church, and has been involved in experimental ministries since 2006.

Snodgrass majored in Religious Studies at Vassar College, received her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, and then went on to receive her Diploma in Anglican Studies followed by a Master of Sacred Theology from General. She has been published in The Huffington Post, The Anglican Theological Review and The Episcopal New Yorker.

Bowie and her husband, George Mathew, a conductor and humanitarian, live in Short Hills with their son, Jacob, and daughter, Eszter (who loves CCNS).


IN MEMORIAM: Ledlie Laughlin, Jr. ‘55


The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, Jr., Class of 1955, died at home on January 21, 2019 at the age of 88.

 Born in Princeton on May 18, 1930, the third of four sons of Ledlie and Roberta Howe Laughlin, he graduated from Princeton University and The General Theological Seminary, then began his ordained ministry as Associate Priest at Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City (1955-1963). While there he was part of a mission team that opened the doors of the church to the neighborhood that consisted mostly of persons who were poor, black or Latino. The emphasis was on inclusiveness, on children and racial justice.

In 1958 he married Roxana Foote Dodd, and they subsequently became the parents of Ledlie III, Rebecca and Joshua.

 During his tenure as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Newark (1963-1969), Ledlie successfully merged that small white congregation with the thriving black congregation of St. Philip’s Church, whose church building had burned down. This was in the 60’s at the time of racial divisions and riots in Newark and across the USA. Ledlie and Dr. Nathan Wright provided leadership for the Cathedral to host the first national Black Power Conference in July 1967.

 In 1972 Ledlie became the Vicar, then Rector of St. Luke-in-the-Fields in Greenwich Village, New York City. This was where he and his family lived for twenty happy years. With Ledlie’s leadership, St. Luke’s grew to be a diverse congregation in an era when the church was struggling with how to respond to open homosexuality. St. Luke’s took an “open” stance and consequently developed a strong ministry to persons with AIDS. The parish became known for its inclusive outreach and hospitality to the gay community.

 In 1981 the church burned, leaving just the outer brick walls. The outpouring of help from neighbors and friends bore testimony to the vital role of St. Luke’s in that community. With Hugh Hardy as architect the church was beautifully rebuilt, and reconsecrated by Bishop Paul Moore.

 After a brief tenure at St. James Church in Florence, Italy, Ledlie and his beloved Roxana retired in 1995, first to South Woodstock, VT, and finally to Cornwall, CT.

 Summing up his fifty years of parish ministry, Ledlie said simply, “I helped congregations figure out how they were called to respond to the needs of others around them, and to do so.”

 To so many of his friends, Ledlie was known for his infectious laugh, his sense of humor, twinkling eye, love of collecting decorative arts, his ability to listen and encourage people. He had a way of knowing what would bring delight, spark the mind, and bring a fresh response. As one friend wrote: “Ledlie manifests closeness to God. I have never felt that his priesthood seemed separate from his humanness.”

 Ledlie is survived by his wife, children, and seven grandchildren – India, Nick, Sam, Jacob, Roxy, Ledlie, and Leighton.

 A funeral service in celebration of Ledlie’s life will be held at 1 PM on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the North Cornwall Meeting House, 115 Town Street, West Cornwall, CT 06796.

IN MEMORIAM: David A. Stowe ‘56


The Rev. David A. Stowe, Class of 1956, past rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, NJ, died on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at New Seasons in New Britain, PA. He was 88.

Born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ, Father Stowe was a graduate of Dartmouth College before attending General. He was appointed the rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1965 and retired in 1996. He also served as the founding and supervising rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater. Following his retirement Stowe and his wife Priscilla moved to the Doylestown area and joined the congregation at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lambertville

Following seminary, Stowe was ordained as a deacon in 1956 and ordained to the priesthood in 1959. He started his ministry at Holy Trinity Church in Collingswood, NJ. From 1958 until 1959 he served as priest-in-charge at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton, MA and later as canon presenter at All Saints Cathedral in Albany, NY. 

Stowe was active in church and community affairs throughout his career. He served on the boards of the Somerset Medical Center and the United Way of Somerset Valley. He was one of three founders of Somerville Senior Citizens’ Housing, Inc., which with the Housing Finance Agency of New Jersey, planned and built the senior citizen housing at 1 Mountain Avenue in Somerville. Stowe continued to serve on the board that managed the complex. 

At St. John’s Church, Stowe established the Bernard T. Bruckner Grants Committee to provide funding to over 20 agencies and charitable groups in the Somerville area. He also served on various committees of the Somerset Medical Center Board of Trustees including the Medical Research Advisory Committee and the West Wing finance campaign, and was a member of the Hospice Sub-committee for the area’s Health Systems Agency. 

Stowe was also a member of the Somerville Rescue Squad and the Borough of Somerville’s Human Relations Committee. A past chairman of the Somerville Area Ministerial Association Week of Prayer Observance, Father also organized the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Good Friday Pilgrimage. He also served on several committees for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and on the Alumni Executive Board of the General Assembly.

For his service to the church and to the community, Father Stowe was honored by the Somerset Valley Chamber of Commerce as the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” for 1980.

Stowe was the father of the late Corporal Thomas David Stowe, USMC, who lost his life in the 1983 bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; the son of the late Rev. Dr. Walter H. Stowe, Pastor of Christ Church in New Brunswick , NJ and the late Marguerite Browne Stowe; and the brother of the late Harriet Williams. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Priscilla Lynn Stowe; his daughter Barbara Stowe and her companion George Host; his daughter-in-law Donna Bologa and his granddaughter Samantha Lee Stowe.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 19, at 10:30 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 158 West High Street, Somerville, New Jersey 08876. To send flowers to the family of David Andrew Stowe, please visit Heartfelt Sympathies Store.