The 'Anglican Commentary' will be posted once a month during the academic year and will feature guest contributors such as VTS faculty members, international students, those involved in cross cultural opportunities and exchanges, and our conversation partners in the Center’s ministry and mission.
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One of the important roles that the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) plays in the life of the VTS community is that of host and liaison for our international students. The work of the Center is based on the belief that our lives, our studies, and our ministries are enriched by access to the diversity of perspectives represented throughout the Anglican Communion worldwide. We therefore consider it a great blessing that every year VTS attracts several international students to come and study with us. Many of these students are here for two years to complete an MA degree. Many are already working in ordained ministry in their local context, and as such, bring unique perspectives that we can all learn from.
In addition to all the international students returning for their second or third year at VTS, we are delighted to welcome four new international students in August! Three of them are MA students and one is transferring as a second-year MDiv student.
The Rev. Canon Norbert Ayeebo Canon Ayeebo is from Ghana, and he will be entering the M.A. program. He is married with two children, ages 8 and 5. He is a parish priest in the Anglican Diocese of Tamale, and he has been a youth director. His hobbies include swimming, playing football (soccer), and reading. Canon Ayeebo has previously had parish relationships with St. John’s Parish – Roanoke, VA and St. Francis Parish – Simpsonville, KY. English and Kusaal are his first languages.
Ms. Flamel Duran is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and she will be entering the M.A. program. She is a freelance Spanish language teacher, and she likes to cook, listen to music, and read. She studied theology at the Universidad lberoamericana and taught Spanish to the VTS DR group members in January of 2016. She also visited VTS in April of 2016.
Ms. Mary Matthews is from Melbourne, Australia, and she will be entering as a 2nd year M.Div. student. She is transferring from Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA. She is a psychotherapist, industrial chaplain, and botanical artist. She likes to sing and work with children. She also has a particular interest in eco-spirituality. She has worked in Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands, and she visited VTS in the spring of 2016.
The Rev. Deacon Pearson Nhayo is from the Diocese of Ruaha, Tanzania, and he will be entering the M.A. program. He is a chaplain, instructor, and deputy headmaster of a secondary school. He is married and has three children, ages 6, 3, and 1. His hobbies include singing and working with the elderly. Swahili and English are his first languages.
Welcome to Mary, Norbert, Flamel, and Pearson! We are glad you have joined our community and we look forward to getting to know you better.