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Archbishop of Canterbury and Presiding Bishop Attend the Consecration of the Immanuel Chapel
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces that the Dedication and Consecration Service of its Immanuel Chapel and a special Choral Evensong will be streamed live on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Streaming for the consecration begins at 10 a.m. and for Choral Evensong at 4 p.m.
The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will be the celebrant for the consecration. The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, will deliver the sermon during this historic event in the 192nd year in the life of the Seminary.
The ceremony is expected to draw approximately a thousand invited guests to campus including church leaders, alumni, friends, chapel artisans, and builders. The event marks the official completion and blessing of Immanuel Chapel. The Chapel, designed by New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects
, was built to replace the Seminary’s 1881 Chapel that was destroyed by fire
in October 2010.
"This is a very exciting time in the life of Virginia Theological Seminary," said the Very Reverend Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
, dean and president. "More than a thousand guests will be here to join the trustees, faculty, staff, and students for this historic occasion offered to the Glory of God."
In addition to Jefferts Schori, the Right Reverend Michael Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and presently the Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, will serve as a celebrant.
Later that day a special Choral Evensong Service, with the Archbishop of Canterbury officiating, will take place at 4 p.m. This will include the blessing of the change ringing bells by the Right Reverend Frank T. Griswold III, the 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Immediately following, Founder and Senior Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Mr. Robert A.M. Stern, will address the congregation. These events are the beginning of a year-long Chapel Dedicatory Year celebration
In order to allow people who are not able to attend Consecration or Evensong to be a part of this historic day, VTS will be streaming these services from its website at www.vts.edu
NOTE FOR EDITORS:
Biographical details of our honored guests and liturgical participants:
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the preacher.
The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori (VTS 2008 H) is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and the celebrant.
The Right Reverend Michael Curry (VTS 2011 H) is the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and presently the Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina.
The Right Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish (VTS 1983, 1997 H) is the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Utah and the 2009 recipient of Virginia Theological Seminary’s Dean’s Cross Award for Servant Leadership. She served as the Chapel for the Ages Capital Campaign Honorary Co-chair 2011 – 2013.
The Right Reverend James J. Shand (VTS 1999, 2003 H) is the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Easton and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary.
The Right Reverend Shannon Johnston (VTS 2008 H) is the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia and member of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary.
The Most Reverend Suheil Dawani (VTS 1987, 1992, 2006 H) is the 14th Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem and now the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem.
The Very Reverend Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., is the 14th Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, appointed in 2007, and Professor of Theology and Ethics.
The Reverend Ruthanna B. Hooke, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of Immanuel Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics.
The Reverend J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., is Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education, and Director of Lifetime Theological Education.
The Reverend Deacon Susan Ackley Lukens, D.Min. (VTS 2011) is a member of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary.Download High-Resolution photos:
Photo credit:Peter Aaron/Otto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects
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Carol S. Kyber Curtis W. Prather