For many of our international students, this is their first trip to the United States. Given their limited resources, most of their time will be spent on our ninety acres, with occasional trips into DC. So I am always pleased to learn that we do take our students to New York. This is an annual event, organized jointly by CACS and the Cross-Cultural Colloquy. This year the trip is being led by Ms. Molly O'Brien.
The trip to New York enables our international students, not simply to see one of the world's greatest cities, but also engage with the Church Center. Typically, the students meet with the staff in Episcopal Relief and Development and, sometimes, with the Presiding Bishop. Our international students are often called to positions of leadership in theological education and in the Church. Connections at this stage in their training with the Episcopal Church are important.
CACS is very visible on the campus. This 30-year celebration has led to some fabulous visits and events. However, this trip to New York City is an example of some of the behind-the-scenes work by CACS. This is important behind the scenes work that can enrich the experience of our international students and build bridges for years to come.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President