Pictorial History of Virginia Seminary Released


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Alexandria, VA - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the publication of Hail! Holy Hill! (VTS Press), written by the Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D, the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgics, and Julia E. Randle, the Seminary’s former archivist.

Virginia Theological Seminary has lived through many crises and changes. This was a seminary born in a crisis – Anglicanism was in trouble after the Revolutionary War. A bishop, a rector, and a philanthropist were raised up who believed that the answer then was theological education. They wanted to see well-trained leaders of congregations. Since its inception, the Seminary has seen many other crises come and go. Each time, the Seminary seeks to do its core work: raise up men and women who are dynamic, faithful Christians, who love the Lord Jesus, know and understand the Anglican tradition, and are ready to transform the work with the love of Christ.

Said Prichard about writing the book, “I am pleased with end product, awed by the skill of co-author Julia Randle in selecting photographs and preparing captions, and honored to join the company of distinguished historians who have written about an institution that I love."

The Rev. Robert W. Prichard taught his first course at Virginia Theological Seminary as an adjunct instructor in 1980 and joined the faculty full-time in 1983. A graduate of Princeton University, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and Emory University, he entered the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church in 1974 and served in three parishes in the Diocese of Virginia prior to joining the VTS faculty. Hail! Holy Hill! is the ninth book of which is Prichard is author or editor; earlier efforts include A History of the Episcopal Church and The Nature of Salvation. He is currently president of the Historical Society of The Episcopal Church and editor of the Journal of Episcopal Church Canon Law.

Julia E. Randle, M.A., served as Archivist at the Bishop Payne Library at Virginia Seminary from 1990 until early 2012, when she accepted the appointment as Registrar and Historiographer of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and of George Washington University, her positions previous to VTS include the Registrar’s Office of two Smithsonian Institution bureaus and Curator/Archivist of Christ Church, Alexandria, Virginia. She is a former president of National Episcopal Historians and Archivists.

"The stories, dates, facts and images bring the VTS history to life, from the early days to the present,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary. “Their careful production of this book provides a testimony to the faithfulness and industry of those who have gone before and a challenge to those living in the present to stand up and counted in our time."

Hail! Holy Hill! is currently available in the Cokesbury Bookstore.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas.