Author Archives: Jonathan Silver

IN MEMORIAM: John C. Whitehead, D.D. ’03

IN MEMORIAM: John C. Whitehead, D.D. ’03

The Hon. John C. Whitehead (D.D. 2003), a Wall Street banker who led Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s international expansion in the 1970s and ’80s and later was founding chairman of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, died February 7 after a battle with cancer. Whitehead was a devoted Episcopalian and friend of the Church who served on the Advisory Board of the Church Center Development Office.  Read more...

Yamily Bass-Choate ’99, Missioner for Latino and Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of New York

Yamily Bass-Choate ’99, Missioner for Latino and Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of New York

The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate (Class of 1999), has been appointed Missioner for Latino and Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of New York. In her position as Vicar of San Andres Episcopal Church in Yonkers, NY, Bass-Choate has established numerous outreach programs, including after school programs, a summer camp for neighborhood children, immigration counseling, and guidance in accessing social and economic resources. From 2001-2005 she was Canon for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Mississippi.  Read more...

Miguel Hernandez ’13 Supports West Orange Latinos at Holy Trinity Parish

Miguel Hernandez ’13 Supports West Orange Latinos at Holy Trinity Parish

The Rev. Miguel Hernandez (Class of 2013) was recently featured in the Essex News Daily for his work supporting the growth of Hispanic entrepreneurs in West Orange, N.J. Hernandez is Priest-in-Charge at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, home to the West Orange Hispanic Foundation established by Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez and downtown business owner Ysabel Strowe to help township Latinos learn how to set up a local business and assimilate into the community.  Read more...

Stuart Kenworthy ’84 Named Interim Vicar Washington Nat’l Cathedral

Stuart Kenworthy ’84 Named Interim Vicar Washington Nat’l Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral has announced the appointment of the Rev. Stuart A. Kenworthy (Class of 1984) as interim vicar of Washington National Cathedral. He will assume on an interim basis the position vacated by the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, recently named the cathedral’s provost.

Kenworthy was previously the longtime rector of Christ Church Georgetown, Washington, D.C. from 1991 until his retirement in 2014. He also served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard from 1994 through 2007, including a deployment to Iraq in 2005-2006.  Read more...

A New Call for Cathy Carpenter ’12

A New Call for Cathy Carpenter ’12

The Rev. Catherine E. Carpenter (Class of 2012) has been called as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Baldwinsville, New York, in the Diocese of Central New York. She began work there on February 15. A Celebration of New Ministry will be held May 21st with Bishop Skip Adams.

Carpenter previously served as assistant at St. James on the Parkway in Minneapolis, Diocese of Minnesota.  Read more...

GTS to Host Annual Garden Party on the Close

GTS to Host Annual Garden Party on the Close

The Chelsea Square Conservancy of The General Theological Seminary will once again host its annual Garden Party, Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Garden Party is a wonderful opportunity for the General community and our neighbors to meet, mingle, and enjoy Chelsea Square. Light refreshments are served. Please follow this link to RSVP.

Chelsea Square Conservancy is dedicated to maintaining the grounds of the Close.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Willoughby Newton ’56

IN MEMORIAM: Willoughby Newton ’56

The Rev.Willoughby Newton (Class of 1956) died on April 18, 2015, in New York City at the age of 90. Newton was a faithful son, friend, and servant of The General Theological Seminary. As a member of the leadership team in the late 1980s, he was instrumental in establishing the Chelsea Square Conservancy to maintain and protect the GTS Close, where The Willoughby Newton Fragrance Garden is named in his honor.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: William Dwyer ’55

IN MEMORIAM: William Dwyer ’55

The Rev. Canon William D. Dwyer (Class of 1955) died peacefully on February 11, 2015, surrounded by family at the age of 84. Born in New York City and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dwyer graduated from Princeton University in 1951 before entering The General Theological Seminary.

Ordained into the Diocese of Newark, Dwyer was affectionately known as “Father Bill” in all of the congregations where he served.  Read more...

A New Call for Mary Frances Curns ’04

A New Call for Mary Frances Curns ’04

The Rev. Mary Frances Curns (Class of 2004) has been called as Priest-in-Charge, All Saints Episcopal Church in the Northern Berkshires, North Adams, Massachusetts.

Curns previously served as assistant at Christ Church, New Bern, North Carolina, before becoming Rector at St. Anne’s in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in 2009. Her call to All Saints puts her substantially closer to extended family in Central New York. Curns grew up in Elmira, New York and was an elementary music teacher there for 20 years.  Read more...

A New Call for Patrick Skutch ’05

The Rev. Patrick Skutch (Class of 2005) has been called as Rector, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. Skutch has been serving as Rector at Christ Church, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, since 2009. He previously served as Associate Rector at St. Martin in the Fields, Atlanta.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Fleener ’54

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Fleener ’54

The Rev. Thomas W. Fleener (Class of 1954) died March 26, 2015, in Dallas at the age of 87. He attended The General Theological Seminary after service in the U.S. Army, and served as a priest in The Episcopal Church for 20 years, during which time he founded St. James Episcopal Church in Dallas and the Montessori School on the same campus.

After leaving ministry, he had a number of different jobs, often as office manager, accountant, or executive assistant.  Read more...

A New Call for Joe Greene ’06

A New Call for Joe Greene ’06

The Rev. Joseph Greene (Class of 2006) is the new Rector of St. John’s Church, Larchmont, New York. He had previously been serving as Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, Georgia.

After his graduation from General, Greene served as curate at St. Columba’s, Suwanee, Georgia, where he met and married Ashley Reynolds Greene. They have two sons.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM Kenneth L. Smith ’87

IN MEMORIAM Kenneth L. Smith ’87

The Rev. Kenneth Lee Smith (Class of 1987) died peacefully on November 12, 2014, after a brief illness at the age of 79. Ken is survived by his cherished wife, Portia (née Miles); son Craig (Cindy); step-daughter Elizabeth; granddaughters Laura (Nick) and Heather (Ben); and great-grandchildren, Reese, Creighton, Solomon, Abram and Ezra. Ken was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen.

Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, to James Scott and Leta Smith, Smith graduated from the Fisher School of Business at Ohio State University and served as an officer in the U.S.  Read more...

Milton Cole-Duvall ’82 Remembers Selma Anniversary

Milton Cole-Duvall ’82 Remembers Selma Anniversary

As a college student inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rev. H. Milton Cole-Duvall, Jr. (Class of 1982) was drawn to Selma, Alabama, where he joined the historic marches for civil rights. As the 50th anniversary was marked throughout the country, he sat down with The Des Moines Register to reflect on his experiences from 50 years ago and racial issues today.

“I felt like I was a foreigner from the beginning of the march to the end of the journey; because you never knew who might come from the darkness of the night,” he said.  Read more...

General Seminary at General Convention 2015

The General Theological Seminary will be at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City. If you are attending the Convention, please plan to visit Booth #326 and meet GTS students and members of our Alumni Relations team.

The General Seminary dinner will take place on Tuesday, June 30, in the Cathedral Church of St. Mark at 7:30 p.m. Please click here to get your tickets today.  Read more...

Kristen Foley ’13 First Woman to Lead St. James, Edison, New Jersey

Kristen Foley ’13 First Woman to Lead St. James, Edison, New Jersey

The Rev. Kristen C. Foley (Class of 2013) is the first female priest in the three-century history of Saint James Episcopal Church in Edison, New Jersey. The Rt. Rev. William Stokes (Class of 1990) celebrated a special Holy Eucharist on March 21, 2015 to mark the installation of Foley as the new pastor of the Saint James.

Click here to read the full story on myCentralJersey.com.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Ben Moss ’56

IN MEMORIAM: Ben Moss ’56

The Very Rev. Robert Benjamin Moss (Class of 1956) of Medina, New York, died March 14, 2015, at the Martin-Linsin Residence of Hospice in Albion, New York. He was 88 years old.

Born in Horseheads, New York, Moss graduated from high school at age 15 and went to college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he met and married Judith Lawrence Howard, his wife of 64 years.  Read more...