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Archbishop Tutu and Bishop Irish to Head Chapel for the Ages Campaign


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

(Alexandria, VA) – Virginia Theological Seminary is honored to announce that the Most Rev. Desmond Tutu (VTS D.D., ’98), the retired South African Archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, and the Rt. Rev. Carolyn T. Irish (VTS M.Div. ’83; VTS D.D., ‘97), the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, have agreed to serve as the honorary chairs for the Chapel for the Ages capital campaign.

“Our chairs witness to the international and national reach of the Seminary,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Seminary. “For the gift of their time and support, we are deeply grateful."

The working co-chairs of the capital campaign are Mrs. Cynthia “Cece” Fowler of Houston, Texas and the Most Rev. Frank Tracy Griswold III (VTS D.D., ’99), the 25th Primate of the Episcopal Church. Cece Fowler serves on the VTS Dean’s Roundtable in Houston and recently hosted a friend-raising event at her home on Nantucket. Bishop Griswold was a visiting professor at VTS this past academic year and brings vast knowledge as a working co-chair.

"We are blessed to have very talented 'working chairs,'” said the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Mrs. Fowler with her significant fund-raising experience, and Bishop Griswold with his considerable knowledge of the Episcopal Church.”

Still in the “Quiet Phase” of the Campaign, VTS hopes to raise $10 million to help build the new Chapel for the Ages. The new worship space will replace the Seminary’s 129-year old chapel that was destroyed by fire on October 22, 2010.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, 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 5 different countries, for service in the Church.
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