Tag Archives: Sandy

Weathering the Storm

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy
Associate Dean

During the 11:00 Eucharist at St. Bart’s on Park Avenue on Sunday, October 28, every iPhone in the church made a sound I had never heard a phone make before. It was a siren, and when I and half of the congregation looked at our screens, we saw a black triangle with a warning that we were in danger.  Read more...

GTS and Superstorm Sandy

A downed tree on Sixth Avenue near the GTS Campus.

Superstorm Sandy hit the eastern seaboard the evening of Monday October 29, and the aftermath is well-reported in the media. But how exactly did it affect GTS? Currently GTS is operational with heat, power and hot water, but that was not always so. At 8:30 p.m. on October 29, power was knocked out to all of lower Manhattan, including GTS.  Read more...

Celebrating a Belated Halloween

Children from the GTS preschool trick-or-treat at the office of President Lowrey (pictured left).

The sound of children playing is not unfamiliar on the GTS campus, but on Wednesday the community was treated to the sound of singing trick-or-treaters from General’s preschool, The Children’s Garden. A dozen or so children made the rounds dressed in Halloween costumes for their yearly trick-or-treating. The event was postponed this year because of the effects of Superstorm Sandy, but that did not dampen the joy to both the children and the GTS community.  Read more...

Rivalry to Ministry: GTS and VTS Aid Neighbors

As reported by The Episcopal Cafe, instead of the annual flag football game, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and General Theological Seminary (GTS) met in New York on Saturday, November 10, to help aid people in low income housing near the GTS campus. Some of buildings at Fulton Houses had been without heat since Superstorm Sandy hit New York on October 29, and the volunteers from VTS brought with them 100 blankets and 82 space heaters to distribute.   Read more...

From the Dean: Heat Returns to Chelsea Square

Friday evening, 9 November 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are now 11 days without heat in most of our buildings. The geothermal system that heats Dodge and Kohne is functioning, and the Keller Library, which draws heat from the Chelsea Enclave system, is warm. Each room in Seabury has its own heating unit, so our offices and classrooms are comfortable. On the rest of the Close, we are making due with space heaters.


From the Dean: As It Stands Today

7 November 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers,Yesterday at Morning Prayer in the Chapel, we returned to something like normal. We celebrated the Office with our coats pulled tight around us and hats on our heads. Custom being set aside, even some of us men kept our heads covered. Custom or not, what matters is that we did our officium.

The Hebrew Bible lesson assigned for that morning, from Sirach, could not have been more apt.


From the Dean: Starting Up Again

5 November 2102

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Today was pivotal in General’s return to normal. The staff, faculty, and administration were onsite — those of us who could be — and we went back to work. In fact, we never stopped working. So many of our colleagues worked in extraordinary ways since the storm overtook us and the damage was done, like Donna Ashley who walked to GTS from her Upper Westside apartment twice last week to support us residents.


STORM UPDATE: Classes Cancelled for Monday, Community Meeting Called

On Saturday evening, November 3, 2012, the Rev. Canon Patrick Malloy, dean of General Seminary, sent a pastoral letter to the seminary community describing continuing struggles on the Close in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Importantly, classes will NOT be held on Monday, November 5, 2012, after all, and the community is asked to come together, as many as possible, for an afternoon meeting to decide next steps.  Read more...

STORM UPDATE: A Letter, Then Light!

General Seminary’s dean, the Rev. Canon Patrick Malloy, traveled from Chelsea Square to midtown this afternoon in order to send a pastoral letter updating the wider community about life on the close in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And then, just a moment after he sent it, light! Electricity has returned to Chelsea Square!

November 2, 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Lunch today was the last time the residential community will assemble before the weekend.  Read more...

Keller Library is open

The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library survived the storm quite well with no damage whatsoever to the underground stacks or the glass curtain wall. We are glad to note that the Library has remained open this week, even though the lights are off and the catalog remains offline until power is restored. The Library will be open on All Souls’, Friday, November 2 from 9 am until 5 pm.  Read more...

STORM UPDATE: St. Barts Offers Showers to GTS

As General Seminary continues to await the restoration of power after Hurricane Sandy, and with everyone in residence on the close without electricity or hot water, a Manhattan parish is welcoming members of the seminary community to use its gym showers. The invitation came from the Rev. Buddy Stallings, a GTS graduate and priest-in-charge at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue in midtown. Here is a letter from Dean Patrick Malloy describing how the community may access the gym.  Read more...

Tentative time for power to GTS to be restored

Dear all,

Once again, I ask you to circulate this communication by whatever means you have available.ConEd has contacted Dr. Anne Keating to say that our grid should have power by 11:30pm Saturday.  There are, of course, no guarantees, but I cannot imagine that ConEd would set itself up for a PR nightmare by making this announcement without a high level of confidence.Since EDT ends during the night between Saturday and Sunday and we “fall back,” we will have an additional hour to soak up the heat, shower ourselves silly, call everyone in our address books, read a week of email, and surf the web until we blow out our motherboards.  Read more...

STORM UPDATE: A Letter from Dean Malloy

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers, dear friends of General Seminary,

I have again escaped to Midtown where the power is flowing and the Internet is readily accessible. On Chelsea Square, not much has changed since I wrote to you yesterday. ConEd has not restored power and we are discovering just how dependent we are on electricity. We are also learning how dependent we are on one another.  Read more...

GTS Alumni/ae Minister in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

A thank you from a family at the emergency shelter run by St. James Church in Lancaster, PA

Stirred by a desire to bring good news to people in distress, graduates of General Theological Seminary offered compassionate ministry throughout the regions effected by Hurricane Sandy. Episcopal parishes responded by offering pastoral care, shelter, food, and hope to thousands of people devastated in the aftermath.

The Rev. 

STORM UPDATE: GTS Closed Until Monday, November 5

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I hope that you are all well and safe. All of us on the Seminary grounds are fine.

With this email, we  faculty members, administrators, and student officials, who met early this afternoon, are trying to reach as many members of the General community as possible: mostly those of you who are off campus, but also those on campus who are lucky enough to access the web.  Read more...

[UPDATE] Tuesday, Oct. 30 – General Seminary Classes Cancelled and Offices Closed

Updated Monday, October 29, 2012 12:55pm

  • Classes will be suspended and offices will be closed on Monday October 29, 2012 and Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
  • GTS staff are not to come in, unless they have arranged otherwise with their managers.
  • The Chilldren’s Garden Prechool will be closed on Monday, October 29, 2012 and Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
  • The Chapel of the Good Shepherd main doors are closed to protect it from strom debris.

Monday, Oct. 29 – General Seminary Classes Cancelled and Offices Closed


Updated Sunday, October 28, 2012 2:00pm

  • Classes will be suspended and offices will be closed on Monday October 29, 2012
  • The Chilldren’s Garden Prechool will be closed on Monday, October 29, 2012

Due to the number of trees on the Close, faculty and students living on the Close are advised to use caution once the wind picks up and during the storm and not go outside unless it is absolutely necessary.  Read more...