Category Archives: Alumni

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...