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VTS Welcomes the Very Rev. Helen Jacobi as a Visiting Scholar

3/13/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu

Alexandria, VA –
Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) welcomes the Very Rev. Helen Jacobi to campus for six weeks as a Visiting Scholar in Residence, sponsored by the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. She has just completed nine years of service as Dean of the Diocese of Waiapu and St. John’s Cathedral in Napier, New Zealand. During this period of research and writing at VTS, she will offer two campus forums about the ministry and liturgy of the Church in New Zealand. She also will be the Celebrant at the Seminary’s annual International Eucharist organized by the campus Missionary Society.

A proven leader of the Church in the Pacific region, Jacobi has developed and rebuilt the ministry, programs and public profile of St. John’s Cathedral, including its work with the Maori people. She has a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of London and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Seabury Western Seminary near Chicago. Her Bachelor of Arts is in Romance Languages from the University of Auckland and she has a Diploma in Social Work from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

“When the Center for Anglican Communion Studies opened its doors in 2007, a goal was the engagement of Anglican leaders and scholars in study, research and conversation," said the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. "To that end, we welcome Dean Jacobi and her husband, Stephen.”

Jacobi is accompanied by her husband Stephen, a diplomat who is Chairman of the St. John's College Trust Board at the seminary of the Anglican Church of New Zealand in Auckland. He is currently in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar.

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. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and five different countries, for service in the Church.