I have been traveling. Last night as I made my way through the door of the Deanery, I was pleased to find the North American Committee of St. George's College, Jerusalem, (NAC) on the campus. I am always pleased to see NAC. These are volunteers that work hard to support St. George's College. This meeting coincided with our first alumni/ae pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress William and Rev. Dr. Kathy Grieb are the leaders of this group. Our alums are enjoying the hospitality of St. George's, while the fund-raising arm of the College is enjoying the hospitality of VTS. Rather poetic, I found myself thinking.
St. George's College is vitally important. We have an obligation to support these institutions. The world is fragile. Yet the work that is done through the Anglican Communion is remarkable. The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem is still a major provider of educational, medical, and pilgrimage opportunities. And the future of these institutions depends on each generation stepping forward to support them. Others founded them; we have to keep them going. We make a difference over there; let us do our bit to continue to make a difference.
So over breakfast, perhaps at worship, do say hello to the new face. And when you do so, do please thank them.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President