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VTS Awards Honorary Degree to Archbishop Jackelén of Sweden

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu
(Alexandria, Va.) - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces that an honorary doctorate was conferred upon the Most Rev. Antje Jackelén, Primate of the Church of Sweden, last evening during a special Thursday Eucharist.  

"We are in the presence of a leader with an international reputation," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. "The Seminary is pleased to honor the achievements of Bishop Jackelén."

Currently the Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala and Primate of the Church of Sweden, Jackelén was ordained a priest in the Church of Sweden in 1980 and earned a Doctor of Theology degree at Lund University in 1999. Previously, she was Bishop of Lund from 2007 to 2014. In October 2013, she was elected the 70th Archbishop of Uppsala and formally received through at a service in Uppsala Cathedral on June 15, 2014, making her Sweden's first foreign-born archbishop since the 12th century, and the first female archbishop. Jackelén, who preached at the evening service, was awarded in the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury  in June 2017, "[f]or her services to ecumenism - especially her leadership in addressing human, theological and social issues in partnership and dialogue."


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington;  and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.
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