Thirty-one students were formally welcomed into General Seminary’s community on Thursday, September 27, constituting the largest incoming class in five years. “It is the first time in years that we have run out of verses in St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” commented the Rev. Dr. Kevin Moroney during his toast at the reception in Hoffman. Other participants referred to the evening as containing “an overwhelming sense of communal joy” and “exciting energy.” Several members of the community offered celebratory toasts including each of the full-time faculty members and some administrators. Returning students also welcomed their new classmates, including co-chief sacristans, Jennifer Allen and Maryann Younger, in addition to the newly elected President of Community Council, Akash Mathew.
Additionally, the Office of Alumni & Church Relations welcomed many alumni and friends for Matriculation Homecoming festivities. Earlier in the day, the Alumni Executive committee, under the leadership of the Rev. Bill Cavanaugh ’81 hosted a tribute to the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright, His Life Still Speaks. An array of Wright’s students and colleagues from the 1960s through present day joined in the celebration of his life and ministry. Several speakers offered reflection and appreciation for his work, including the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, the former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (pictured, right).
The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson, Professor of Ascetical Theology lectured and afternoon session on Wright the Historian, including several personal anecdotes, “You see there is a cliché in academia that there are good scholars and there are good teachers, but never do they occupy the same soul. Bob Wright has proven that cliché a sham for half a century… Wright was both a first rate scholar and a supreme teacher.” Wright was in attendance and offered gracious appreciation to the group.
The following day, the Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies led a preaching workshop for Advent lectionary readings, And a Little Child Shall Lead Them, focusing on children. Other leaders of the preaching workshop included the Very Rev. Kate Moorehead, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida and Samantha Gilmore. In recent years, the seminary has sought to provide useful opportunities for professional development that are offered alongside matriculation and commencement so that alumni and friends are able to maximize the impact of their travel and visit.
The Paddock Lectures, scheduled for February 27, 2020 feature the Rt. Rev. Jo Bailey Wells. Details and registration information will be announced soon.