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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. 

IN MEMORIAM: William Bosbyshell ‘58

Pictured above, the Rev. Dr. Bosbyshell, at right, with the Rev. Bob Browning, at the 2014 Retired Clergy and Spouses event in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Pictured above, the Rev. Dr. Bosbyshell, at right, with the Rev. Bob Browning, at the 2014 Retired Clergy and Spouses event in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

The Rev. Dr. William Allen Bosbyshell, Class of 1958 and long-time Southwest Florida priest, died Friday, May 10, 2019. "Fr. Bill," as many knew him, was not only a familiar priest at many parishes, but counseled hundreds of laity and clergy over his second career as a counselor. He was past executive director of the Episcopal Counseling Center (Samaritan Center) in the Diocese of Southwest Florida

Born Oct. 15, 1933 in Philadelphia to John H. Bosbyshell and Lilla Gibson Bosbyshell Mitterling, he received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1955. After graduating from General, he later received a Masters and PhD in education and counseling from the University of Florida. He was ordained deacon in 1958 and priest also that year, under the Rt. Rev. Oliver Hart. He met his wife Caroline at Swarthmore; they married after seminary. Their wedding was at St. Andrew's in Tampa, where Caroline's family attended.

He served first as curate at Grace Church, Mt. Airy, Penn. and was Canon Sacristan at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando from 1960-62. He served as rector of St. Johns, Eau Gallie, from 1962-66. From 1966-1968 he was counselor to residents at the University of Florida, and later served as auxiliary chaplain of the 691st Radar Squadron in Cross City, Fla.

While living on the Space Coast from 1962-66, Bosbyshell felt the call to counseling. It was during the race to the moon, when the area was growing quickly, that the stress of the progress in the space program brought family issues. “So many people had problems,” said Caroline Bosbyshell. “They were over-working, up all night and at a bar at 6 a.m.”

He assisted and served in many churches in the new Diocese of Southwest Florida beginning in 1970, when he became associate director of the Episcopal Counseling Service in Southwest Florida and later Executive Director. He stayed at the Samaritan Center until 1990. In 1995, he finally retired after 19 years of psychological evaluations of aspirants for the ministry. He put his philosophy in words to the bishop’s office:

As a pastoral counselor, I have a ministry enabling people to grow in God’s love and grace as they face individual problems, overcome family difficulties, live through crises and make important decisions. I have been with people through times of depression and despair, in grief and loss when God seems remote and I would like to be with people also at turning points and celebrations when God’s response can be recognized and real.”

In a Samaritan Center brochure distributed to the diocese, Bosbyshell wrote that counseling was another way to make us more in the image that God intended:

“God holds out a hope and promise for each of us. The promise is that HE is within our life process, within our being, within our life. The hope is that, through our living in touch with ourselves and aware of God, we will experience the joy He intends for us.”

During his time at the center, he served as assistant at Good Shepherd, Dunedin, and later served at Church of the Ascension from 1972-77, and St. John’s Clearwater from 1978-90. He also served as canon at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter from 1990-98 under the then dean of the cathedral, the Very Rev. Barry Howe. He retired after 41 years of active ministry. In retirement he served a long tenure at St. Bede’s, assisting as priest from 2000-16.

His wife Caroline said that he was, in spite of his interest in counseling, very good at the altar. "When he was assisting, everything went right." While he was a traditionalist, he also was glad to "move on" and was in favor of ordaining women priests.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Caroline Thomas Bosbyshell; by children, William Allen Bosbyshell Jr. (Maura), Charlotte, NC;  Frances Lima (Al), St. Petersburg; and Mary Helen Landmesser (Kevin), Simpsonville, SC; grandchildren,  William Allen Bosbyshell III, Katherine D. Landmesser and Sarah H. Landmesser; brother, Ronald J. Bosbyshell, Texas and nephew, Ronald J. Bosbyshell, Jr. (Yolanda),Texas.  He was predeceased by his parents and nephew, Randall S. Bosbyshell.

A  Eucharistic celebration of his life will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 on Sunday, May 19, 2019; at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Ga. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cathedral Church of St. Peter.

 

IN MEMORIAM: Arthur Lillicrapp ‘74

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The Rev. Arthur R. Lillicrapp, Class of 1974, of Elk Grove California died on April 30, 2019 after a brief illness. Father Art was born in Rockville New York on June 7, 1947 and was ordained into the Priesthood on December 22, 1974, New York City, Diocese of New York, at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Along with his MDiv from General, he held an MS in Pastoral Counseling. He will be remembered for his quick wit, great sense of humor, intelligence and his compassion.

 Lillicrapp served in New York, Maryland and Northern California. Since moving to the west coast, he served at Redding Medical Center and then was called to serve at Kaiser South in Sacramento. During his years at Kaiser he built the Spiritual Care Programs and under his direction the program grew to have 17 volunteers and 30 Eucharistic ministers. He trained chaplains and created a Spiritual Care Advisory Council with people of all faiths.

 Lillicrapp loved music, (particularly the The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Pa.) gardening and working with the staff at Kaiser South. He was often quoted as saying, "my ten years at Kaiser were the happiest and most fulfilling of my life". He was predeceased by his beloved Daughter Phoebe, his parents Arthur Lillicrapp and Irene Nora (Yerger) Lillicrapp and his Sister Suzanne L. Anderson. He is survived by his Brother in Law Richard Anderson, his Nephews John Raymond Anderson (Beth), Stephen Arthur Anderson (Amy) his nieces and nephew, Molly Greer Anderson, Rachel Grace Anderson and Ian Arthur Anderson and his cousin Vicki Lillicrapp, along with other family and many friends.

 Funeral Services were held on Friday May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral 2620 Capital Avenue, Sacramento, California 95816. Internment Monday May 20 at 4:00p.m. at the Cathedral.

 

A New Call for Deonna Neal ‘02

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The Rev. Dr. Deonna D. Neal, Class of 2002, is now serving as a part-time priest associate at St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Neal continues in her role as the Chair, Department of Leadership, Ethics, and the Profession of Arms at Air University (USAF) and is responsible for the leadership and ethics curriculum for 27,000 students across four Air Force officer graduate professional military education programs.  Her research and teaching interests include the ethics of emerging military technologies, professional ethics, moral injury, moral courage, and Christian ethics.

She holds a PhD in Moral Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Phil. in Political Theology/Just War from the University of Oxford, as well as an M. Div. from General, and a B.S. in Human Behavior and Leadership from the US Air Force Academy.   Dr. Neal is also an FAA certified glider flight instructor, civil aviation pilot, Ironman triathlete and serves on the ethics committee for USA Triathlon.

A New Call for Marian Dulaney Fortner ‘96

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The Rev. Marian Dulaney Fortner, Class of 1996, has been called as Interim Rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi. She has served for the past ten years as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Fortner practiced law for twelve years before the call to ordained ministry and attendance at General. She has also previously served at All Saints Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoeniz, AZ; St. Andrew's Episcopal Day School in Jackson/Ridgeland, MS; St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Jackson, MS; and St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, MS.

Churchwide, Fortner has served as a Deputy to General Convention as well as in multiple Diocesan leadership positions, including the Mississippi Executive Committee, Racial Reconciliation Committee, and Sexual Exploitation, Pastoral Justice & Advocacy Committee. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of a regional nonprofit formed after Hurricane Katrina to respond to unmet needs after natural disasters.

Fortner was a nominee for Bishop Coadjutor of Mississippi in 2014 and Bishop of West Tennessee in 2018. She is married to Tom Fortner and they have one daughter and one grandson.

IN MEMORIAM: Marvin Aycock ‘94

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The Rev. Marvin Brady Aycock Jr., Class of 1994 died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, surrounded by family. He was a beloved brother, husband, minister, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

 Marvin Brady Aycock Jr. was born Nov. 30, 1932, in Greenville, S.C., to Marvin Brady Aycock Sr., and Arminda (Mindie) Pruitt Aycock. He graduated from Greenville High School, studied at Clemson College, served in the United States Army for two years, graduated from Furman University in 1958, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961. He married Sally Rheta Thompson in 1959 and they had four children, including a daughter who died at birth.

 After graduating from seminary, Aycock served as pastor in churches in Elizabeth City, and Winston-Salem, until 1970. He left the Baptist ministry and accepted a position as an alcoholism counselor in Albemarle. For the next 25 years, he worked with the Piedmont Area Mental Health Authority. He counseled in the general mental health area, was approved by the American Association of Family Therapists, and was a certified social worker and a licensed family and marriage therapist. He and his wife joined the Episcopal church in Albemarle in 1972, and he became an ordained deacon in 1988. After completing a year of Anglican Studies at General in 1993-94, he was ordained a priest in 1995.

Aycock served as associate minister at St. Andrew's in Charlotte, and priest at Emmanuel and All Saints' in Warrenton; St. Paul's and St. Matthew's in Salisbury; and St. Paul's in Thomasville. He was pre-deceased by his sister June Aycock King (Fred). He is survived by his brother, John Belton Aycock (Helen); wife, Sally; children, Amy Aycock Cole (Franklin) of Albemarle, David King Aycock of New Orleans, La. and Clark Allen Aycock (Lisa Witler) of Asheville; grandchildren, LaShonda Aycock (Jimmy Isbill), Christopher Aycock (Emily Morton), and John Patrick Aycock; and great-grandchildren, Rayden Isbill, Kerri Isbill and Savannah Aycock. Marvin chose to have his body sent to the Whole Body Donation Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine to be used for medical courses and studies.

 A funeral service was held at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church in Greensboro in January.

A New Call for Ellen Tillotson ‘83

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The Rev. Ellen L. Tillotson, Class of 1983 and a member of our Board of Trustees, is the Interim Priest in Charge of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, Darien, CT. She most recently served as Missional Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bristol, CT.

Tillotson was the Rector of Trinity Torrington, CT from 1992 – 2011. She has also previously served at Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven and as a Supply Priest and Church Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

A native of North Dakota, Tillotson earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota before attending General. She received her Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School in 2014. Tillotson is married to the Rev. William Cavanaugh, Class of 1981 and a member of our Alumni Executive Committee.

Ordination Scheduled for Jim Robertson ‘12

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The Rev. James Robertson, Class of 2012, will be ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on June 15, 2019.

 Robertson had experienced a failed process toward ordination in the Diocese of Pennsylvania.  He was encouraged by colleagues to return to the diocese in which he had grown up, which was smaller, and where he would get more personal attention and mentoring as he discerned his next steps. In 2015, he was accepted into the process in the Diocese of West Missouri (Kansas City), after a "getting to know people and place" time. He was on staff at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral during that time beginning in 2014.

 In the Spring of 2018, Robertson and his husband Dean Ennis’s family obligations necessitated a move back east. Bishop Scanlon of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, together with the Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee, accepted Jim's candidacy for priesthood in order that he not have to begin the process over after their move. After arriving in the Diocese of Central PA, Robertson conducted extensive visitation throughout its 61 parishes.

Click here for the ordination invitation.

IN MEMORIAM: Marge Christie, Former Trustee

A tribute from the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton

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Marge Christie, General Seminary Trustee from 2001 – 2012 and 13-time deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Newark, died peacefully in her sleep, April 13, 2019 at the age of 90. Marge was part of that generation of women leaders in the church - which included women like Marge Burke, Pam Chinnis, and Sallee Buckley - who worked tirelessly for the ordination of women who, themselves, were not called to ordination but, rather to an empowered ministry of the laity.

Marge served tirelessly as a member of Executive Council, the Executive Council and UN Commission on the Status of Women, The Episcopal Church Women, was among one of the first members of the Episcopal Women's Caucus and founder of The Anglican Women's Empowerment. Deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, Marge was a founding member of The Oasis (DioNewark LGBTQ Ministry), the DioNewark Dismantling Racism Commission which successfully passed a diocesan resolution which mandated Anti-Racism Training as a requirement to election to any diocesan office, and the DioNewark Women's Commission which successfully passed a resolution requiring all diocesan worship services to use inclusive/expansive language.

Even more importantly, Marge was involved in the spiritual formation of many, many women to the diaconate, priesthood, and episcopacy. At her last Diocesan Convention, she was elected first alternate for the Diocese of Newark beside her granddaughter, Caroline Christie, elected deputy at age 17. They had just spent two weeks together as roommates as part of an Anglican women’s delegation to the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

She was a Giant of Justice. We who were privileged to stand on her shoulders will be forever and eternally grateful that she helped us reach for the stars and dare to bring glimpses of the Realm of God into the church.

A service honoring her life will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Christ Church, Ridgewood

Click here to read the tribute from the Diocese of Newark.

Click here to read the obituary at Episcopal News Service.