Category Archives: Alumni

IN MEMORIAM: Don W. Monson ‘65

IN MEMORIAM: Don W. Monson ‘65

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

Born in Alhambra, CA 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 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 St. Matthew in Pacific Palisades, CA. 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 Aug. 6, 2016, to be the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. 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...

A New Book from Fletcher Lowe, ’59

A New Book from Fletcher Lowe, ’59

The Rev. J. Fletcher Lowe, Class of 1959, has recently authored with Demi Prentiss Radical Sending: Go to Love and Serve from Morehouse Publishing. The work builds on and complements the work of Stephanie Spellers’ Radical Welcome, which called congregations to move beyond diversity and inclusion to be places where the transforming gifts, voices, and power of marginalized cultures and groups bring new life to the mainline church.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Pfaff ’66

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Pfaff ’66

The Rev. Dr. Richard William Pfaff, Class of 1966 and recipient of our Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa in 2012, died July 10, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at the age of 79.

The son of Frederick Erwin and Kathryn Soergel Pfaff, Richard Pfaff was born in Oklahoma City on August 6, 1936, and graduated from Central High School in Omaha, from Harvard College, and from Oxford University, by which he was awarded the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Divinity.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Joyce Phillips Austin, D.D. ’04

IN MEMORIAM: Joyce Phillips Austin, D.D. ’04

Attorney Joyce Phillips Austin, D.D. honoris causa 2004 died March 21, 2016 at the age of 92. She was the former Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and one of the first African Americans to work in key government positions in New York state and New York City, as well as a former trustee for The General Theological Seminary, She worked on several civil rights campaigns and initiatives and was also active in the Democratic Party, where she served on national committees.  Read more...

A New Call For Dion Thompson ’07

A New Call For Dion Thompson ’07

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Class of 2007, has been called as Interim Rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Darlington, Maryland. He previously served as Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore, Maryland. A native of Los Angeles, Thompson was an award-winning newspaper reporter for 20 years before his call to ministry. He is the author of the novel, Walk Like A Natural Man (2003) and a recent resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Lincoln Ure ’74

IN MEMORIAM: Lincoln Ure ’74

The Rev. Lincoln Richard Ure III, Class of 1974, died June 10, 2016 at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he had been chaplain for 41 years. His kindness, wisdom, moral courage and irreverent sense of humor will be sorely missed.

Born October 4, 1947, to L. Richard Ure Jr. and Betty Olander Ure, He married the love of his life, Maureen O’Hara, in 1969 in Minneapolis.  Read more...

A New Call for Robert Hendrickson ’09

A New Call for Robert Hendrickson ’09

The Rev. Robert J. Hendrickson III, Class of 2009, has been called as Rector at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona. He has been serving for three years as the Sub-Dean for Partnerships and Administration, and most recently as Acting Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado.

Hendrickson was a leader at St. John’s in the partnership that is constructing permanent housing on the cathedral’s property for 52 formerly homeless individuals.  Read more...

Santosh Marray ’09, D.D. ’16 Elected Bishop of Easton

Santosh Marray ’09, D.D. ’16 Elected Bishop of Easton

The Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, who received his S.T.M. from The General Theological Seminary in 2009, as well as a D.D. honoris causa at our most recent Commencement, has been elected as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Easton. The convention was held at Trinity Cathedral, Easton, Maryland on June 11, 2016.

Marray is currently an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Alabama and was Bishop of Seychelles, Province of the Indian Ocean, from 2005-2008.  Read more...

General Seminary Regional Conversations Coming to Maine and Massachusetts

General Seminary Regional Conversations Coming to Maine and Massachusetts

Following engaging and productive gatherings in Philadelphia, New York, Princeton, and Baltimore, The General Theological Seminary is continuing a series of interactive discussions for Alumni and Friends, Conversations about General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with upcoming events in Massachusetts and Maine. 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 ask questions and engage in conversation.  Read more...

Matthew Buccheri ’15 Appointed Canon in Long Island

Matthew Buccheri ’15 Appointed Canon in Long Island

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, has announced the appointment of Matthew Buccheri, Class of 2015, to the position of Canon for Ministry Development and Parish Support, effective June 6, 2016.

Buccheri work will be principally focused on the support and encouragement of the local congregation. He will work closely with clergy and lay leadership, providing support, resources, and insights which will encourage the spiritual and organizational health of the parishes of the diocese.  Read more...

Call for Nominations: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Call for Nominations: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award is for Seminary degree-holders worthy of special recognition. The award presentation will take place during the 2017 Alumni Gathering. The date for the event will be announced.

Recipients of the award are graduates of the Seminary in either priestly or lay orders.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Frederick Thomas ’73

IN MEMORIAM: Frederick Thomas ’73

The Rev. Frederick Shepherd Thomas Jr., SSC, Class of 1973, died on May 26, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 67. He was Rector of Grace and St. Peter’s Church there at the time of his death and had been since 1986. A Solemn Requiem Mass was offered for Thomas at Grace and St. Peter’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 4.

Thomas was born and raised in Erwin, North Carolina, and graduated in 1966 from Erwin High School.   Read more...

Paula Jackson ’85 Receives 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award [PHOTOS]

Paula Jackson ’85 Receives 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award [PHOTOS]

On May 10, 2016, during the Alumni Memorial Eucharist in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Rev. Paula M. Jackson, Class of 1985, accepted the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from The General Theological Seminary. The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White, Class of 1996, and President of the Alumni Executive Committee, was Celebrant at the service, and Jackson was the preacher.

In his remarks as he presenting her with the award, White thanked Jackson “for being a witness to the Gospel, in ways that many of us still only hope to become.  Read more...