Author Archives: Jonathan Silver

A New Call for Benjamin Thomas ‘07

A New Call for Benjamin Thomas ‘07

The Rev. Benjamin Thomas (M.Div. ’07, Th.D. ’11) has joined Saint Francis Community Services as Director of Church Relations. Saint Francis, an Episcopal ministry, serves over 10,000 children and families in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma through foster care, adoption, and family preservation programs as well as a psychiatric residential care facilities for minors and a residential rehabilitation program for children who have been victims of sex-trafficking.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Paulette Schiff ‘87

IN MEMORIAM: Paulette Schiff ‘87

The Rev. Paulette Agnes Toppin Schiff, Class of 1987, who served at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, died Saturday, Sept. 17, of colon cancer at her home in Miller Place, N.Y. at the age of 69.

Born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., she graduated in 1964 as valedictorian from Douglas MacArthur High School, Wantagh, N.Y. In 1968, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, before receiving her master of divinity degree from General.  Read more...

Elizabeth Geitz ’93 Opens Good Shepherd Academy

Elizabeth Geitz ’93 Opens Good Shepherd Academy

The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz, Class of 1993, is delighted to announce the opening of Good Shepherd Academy in Bafut, Cameroon, West Africa, on September 12, 2016.

As many in the community are aware, Geitz has been at work for several years to create an education program facilitating the dreams of students in Cameroon, West Africa. Following her retirement from the Diocese of NJ, she co-founded Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation (SLF) and created a grassroots cross cultural partnership based on faith, mutuality, and transparency with Good Shepherd Academy Association in Cameroon chaired by the Anglican nun, Sr.  Read more...

A New Call for Bob Fitzpatrick ’10

A New Call for Bob Fitzpatrick ’10

The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, Class of 2010, has accepted a new call as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Clarksboro, New Jersey. He and his wife, Cathy Hawn, are returning to the Diocese of New Jersey after previously serving the Diocese of New York at St. Anne’s, Washingtonville.

Before his call to the priesthood, Bob spent 20 years in business and government, much of it in the transit industry and in economic development.  Read more...

A New Call for Bruce Shipman ’68

A New Call for Bruce Shipman ’68

The Rev. Bruce M. Shipman, Class of 1968, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity Church, Oaxaca, Mexico, beginning in November, 2016. The congregation is drawn from the substantial expatriate community of Canadian and United States citizens in the city of Oaxaca.

In addition to permanent residents, Holy Trinity attracts students on sabbatical, tourists and seasonal renters. The city, dating from Spanish colonial times, is rich in indigenous indian culture, and is known for its pre-Columbian ruins, pottery, weaving and other hand crafts.  Read more...

Need a Night Out? Use The Arts Fund!

The Gwendolyn Simmons Arts Fund at The General Theological Seminary was established for the purpose of encouraging students to take advantage of the many cultural opportunities available to them in New York City by providing a financial subsidy for attendance.

Guidelines for the Arts Fund are as follows:

  • Each full-time student may submit one ticket each academic semester from a cultural activity, including theatre, ballet, opera, and art galleries (sports activities are not included).
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Neighbors on the Close Seek Dog Walker

Jay and Courtney Ducharme are new neighbors on the Close, and are seeking a mid-day dog walker beginning next Monday, September 12, 2016. They are looking for someone who can give Brewster a 20-30 minute walk for $15 per day.

Brewster is a trained a very gentle Goldendoodle, 8 years old. He is a bigger dog and needs to be curbed.

If you’re interested or need more information, please call or text Jay at 410-570-5532 or Courtney at 410-570-5528.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Elinor Schneider ’51

IN MEMORIAM: Elinor Schneider ’51

Elinor M.E. Schneider, Class of 1951, of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and formerly of Charlestown and Richmond, died peacefully at the age of 89, surrounded by family on August 27, 2016.

Schneider was the beloved wife of the late Stewart P. Schneider. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Henry H. and Eleanor (Christ) Eccles. She is survived by her daughter, Eleonore “Beth” Schneider and partner Jochen Siegenthaler of Zurich, Switzerland, and her son, Edwin Schneider of North Kingstown.  Read more...

Regional Gatherings Continue Throughout 2016-2017

Regional Gatherings Continue Throughout 2016-2017

Following engaging and productive events in Philadelphia, New York, Princeton, Baltimore, Massachusetts, and Maine, The General Theological Seminary will continue its series of gatherings for Alumni and Friends*, General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, throughout the Fall, with more dates and locations to be announced during the 2016-2017 school year.

Please join us for this opportunity to engage in conversation about our past and plans for building our future with integrated curriculum and formation, especially The Wisdom Year.  Read more...

A New Call for Matthew Grunfeld ’08

A New Call for Matthew Grunfeld ’08

The Rev. Matthew Grunfeld, Class of 2008, became the new Priest-in-Charge at Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach, Florida, on December 1, 2015.

Originally from the Diocese of Alabama, Grunfeld previously served at All Saints, Montgomery and Emmanuel Church, Opelika. He also served on the Diocesan Council, the Diocesan Department of Liturgy and Music, and was an alternate clergy deputy to General Convention in 2015. He was coordinator of the Diocesan Acolyte Festival.  Read more...

A New Call for Tommy Dillon ’96

A New Call for Tommy Dillon ’96

The Rev. Tommy Dillon, II, Class of 1996 and a member of General’s Board of Trustees, has been called as Priest-in-Charge at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A Baton Rouge native, Dillon graduated from Louisiana State University, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, before attending General, where he specialized in Anglican Liturgy. He was ordained deacon and priest at St. Luke’s Baton Rouge and served as Vicar of St.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Don W. Monson ’65

IN MEMORIAM: Don W. Monson ’65

The Rev. Donald W. Monson, Class of 1965, of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, died on June 5, 2016.

Born in Alhambra, California, in 1934 and raised in Tucson, Monson served in the U.S. Army before attending General. He served on many different councils and committees of The Episcopal Church and worked over 30 years in full-time ministry, mostly in Arizona, where he built two Episcopal churches, St.  Read more...

New Calls for Heather Patton-Graham and Sandy Graham ’03

New Calls for Heather Patton-Graham and Sandy Graham ’03

The Rev. Heather Patton-Graham and her husband, the Rev. Alexander (Sandy) Graham, Class of 2003, have been called to serve in the Diocese of Hawai’i. Sandy has been called to serve the Office of the Bishop as the Canon for Congregational Life and Leadership, and Heather has joined the faculty and staff of ‘Iolani School in Honolulu as a chaplain and member of the Religion Department.  Read more...

A New Call for Christine Purcell ’04

A New Call for Christine Purcell ’04

The Rev. Christine Purcell, Class of 2004, has been called to serve as Associate Rector at the Parish of Saint Matthew in Pacific Palisades, California. Most recently, she served as Rector of Christ Church in Westerly in the Diocese of Rhode Island. Prior to her service at Christ Church, she served as Interim Rector at two churches in Pennsylvania, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Shippensburg and St.  Read more...

DeDe Duncan-Probe ’03 Elected Bishop of Central New York

DeDe Duncan-Probe ’03 Elected Bishop of Central New York

The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Class of 2003, was elected the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York on August 6, 2016. Duncan-Probe currently serves as the Rector of St. Peter’s in the Woods Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

She was elected on the second ballot at a special convention held at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York, receiving 87 votes in the lay order and 42 votes in the clergy order.  Read more...

Regional Gathering Coming to Southwest Florida

Regional Gathering Coming to Southwest Florida

Following engaging and productive events in Philadelphia, New York, Princeton, Baltimore, Massachusetts, and Maine, The General Theological Seminary will continue its series of gatherings for Alumni and Friends*, General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with an upcoming event in Southwest Florida on Monday, September 19, 2016, 12 noon – 2 p.m. More dates and locations will be announced throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

As General Seminary launches implementation of The Way of Wisdom, we hope you can join us for this opportunity to engage in conversation about the events of the past and plans to build our future with integrated curriculum and formation, especially our Wisdom Year.  Read more...

Administrative Assistant sought for St. Paul’s Riverside, Connecticut

Great opportunity for a spouse or partner!

A full-time, paid position will last for a period of between six to nine months beginning in September. The candidate will be eligible for consideration for a permanent position as Parish Administrator in consultation with the new rector (still to be called) and wardens.  The ideal candidate will have excellent computer and secretarial skills (Word, Excel, Constant Contact, social media management); be somewhat familiar with the order of worship (in order to independently prepare bulletins); Must have excellent people skills; familiarity with Church Windows a plus.  Read more...