Author Archives: Jonathan Silver

IN MEMORIAM: Tom Fleener ’54

IN MEMORIAM: Tom Fleener ’54

Thomas W. Fleener (Class of 1954) died March 26, 2015, in Dallas, Texas at the age of 87. He attended General after service in the U.S. Army, and was 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 the 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 Nov. 12 after a brief illness at the age of 79. Ken is survived by his cherished wife, Portia (nee 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...

A New Call for Katy Herron-Piazza ’06

The Rev. Katy Herron-Piazza (Class of 2006) has been called as the new Priest in Charge of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston, Connecticut, her hometown. She most recently served over two years as interim pastor for Holy Trinity Episcopal in Pawling, New York. Before that, she served on the clergy staff at St. John’s Church in Larchmont, New York, for five years.

Herron-Piazza graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1994, and received a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State in 1997.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Robert Keaten ’01

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Keaten (Class of 2001) died on March 11, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was 79 years old.

Born on March 20, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia, Keaton graduated from Yale University in 1957 with a B.S. in physics. He spent the next 40 years working as a physicist, including positions at Rockwell International and as the American representative to the OECD Halden Reactor Project in Norway before finishing his career at GPU Nuclear Corp.  Read more...

Barrie Wilson ’63 Retires from York University, Toronto

Barrie Wilson ’63 Retires from York University, Toronto

Barrie Wilson, GTS ’63, Professor, Religious Studies, York University, Toronto, has retired. A specialist in Early Christianity, his two major works were How Jesus Became Christian (2008) and The Lost Gospel (2014).

Wilson was a student at The General Theological Seminary 1962-1963 while completing his M.A. at Columbia University and remembers fondly theological studies with Dr. Norman Pittenger and Hebrew with Dr. Richard Corney. A year later he went on to do theological studies at the Anglican Church’s Trinity College, Toronto, graduating with an S.T.B.  Read more...

Chris Webber ’56 Serving at CDSP

Chris Webber ’56 Serving at CDSP

The Rev. Chris Webber (Class of 1956) is serving as Adjunct Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Webber is teaching the course that deals with “how to preside at a Eucharist and baptize babies,” noting “stuff that didn’t get taught at GTS fifty years ago because most graduates would be serving as Curates and learning on the job.”

Webber is a former trustee of The General Theological Seminary and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006.  Read more...

A New Call for Robert Picken ’06

A New Call for Robert Picken ’06

The Rev. Canon Robert Picken (Class of 2006) is now serving as Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Rochester, New York. He joined the parish in October 2014 and was inducted as the 21st Rector on December 10.

Previously, he served as Canon for Pastoral Care and Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, Long Island. In November 2013, he was installed as an honorary canon of that cathedral by the Rt.   Read more...

Joe Chambers ’06 Appointed Canon in Missouri

Joe Chambers ’06 Appointed Canon in Missouri

The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith has appointed the Rev. Joseph Cortright Chambers (Class of 2006) to Canon for Mission and Young Adults for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. Chambers will continue as Chaplain of Rockwell House, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Washington University in St. Louis. He will begin to expand campus ministry relationships in the diocese, as well as networking young adult ministry and assisting the work of Canon to the Ordinary, Dan Smith, with congregational transitions.  Read more...

Opportunity: Promoting the Catechumenate as a Means of Mission

The Annual Gathering of the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) will meet July 30 – August 1, 2015 at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Maryland.

The NAAC is an ecumenical fellowship of Christians devoted to helping congregations regain their primary mission of evangelism, faith formation, and life long discipleship. Click here to download the 2015 NAAC Gathering Brochure with details about this opportunity to learn from devoted practitioners of these ministries.    Read more...

Temp Job Opportunity with CPG

The Church Pension Group is looking for two people to start a temporary project assignment on April 6, 2015 through June 30, 2015. This will be a full time (5 day per week) assignment for the duration of the 12 weeks.

Pay: $25.00 per hour.

Duties:

Verify data and contact clients (employees of the Episcopal Church)

Skills:

  • Precision with detail
  • Good computer skills – ability to navigate around a system or application
  • Good phone manner
  • Good client service skills

Location: 19 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

Contact: Send resume to Joanne Mastropolo, jmastropolo@cpg.org

Reference  – Research Project  Read more...

Internship Opportunity: Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh

Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, is accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Arthur F. McNulty Jr. Memorial Internship. It is designed to give a seminarian hands-on community experience in a vibrant, urban congregation, and to deepen Calvary’s sense of commitment to outreach as an integral component of our ministry. This work will also have a focus on the parish ministry experience and on theological reflection with Calvary’s clergy and staff.  Read more...

A New Book from Peter Keese ’61

A New Book from Peter Keese ’61

The Rev. Peter G. Keese (Class of 1961) is the author of a new book, Jesus Has Left the Building, available from Wipf & Stock and Amazon.com.

In this work Keese addresses the issue of the increasing lack of interest among those raised in the church and among rising young adults. He proposes the optimistic view that the institution of any church doesn’t have the franchise on good news, but rather that good news is much larger and more all-encompassing than any church can contain or convey, and that good news is everywhere to be found and experienced.  Read more...