The Rev. Mark A. McIntosh, Ph.D. Receives Dean's Cross
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During the 10:00 a.m. Service of Epiphany on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL, the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold III, the 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Rev J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., co-director of the Bicentennial Campaign and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), presented the Rev. Mark Allen McIntosh, Ph.D., professor of Christian Spirituality at Loyola University in Chicago, the Dean's Cross Award for Servant Leadership in Church and Society.
“This is the first time the Dean’s Cross has been awarded to an academic. Mark is especially worthy,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “He is a theologian with an exceptional mind and a deeply grounded spirituality. We are honored that he has accepted this award.”
Established in 2008, the Dean’s Cross Award recognizes outstanding leaders who embody their baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” Selected annually by VTS’ dean in consultation with the chair of the Board of Trustees, the honorees receive a handmade silver cross, modeled after the Seminary chapel cross, and a certificate.
McIntosh, who graduated from Yale University in 1982 and earned a First in Theology from the University of Oxford in 1985, received his Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary and was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 1986. He began his pastoral ministry as assistant to the Dean of the Cathedral of St. James, Chicago.
In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His dissertation, “The Doctrine of the Incarnation if Hans Urs von Balthasar: The Christological-Mystical Analogies as Key to his Interpretation,” became one of the five books to his name.
McIntosh served as Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the University of Durham, and Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral. Prior to that, he was associate and then full professor of Theology at Loyola. In addition to teaching and writing, McIntosh has maintained pastoral and sacramental relations with St. Luke's and is priest associate there.
“Presenting the Dean’s Cross to a servant leader, like Mark McIntosh, at a Sunday service in a parish church is a moving reminder that ministry is first and always grounded in the congregation where we serve and which loves us,” said Hawkins, following the service, which, in addition to the parishioners of St. Luke's, was attended by members of Dr. McIntosh's family, friends, and colleagues representative of his lifetime of devoted service.
“Mark perfectly combines a fine mind and a heart attuned to the motions of the Spirit,” said Griswold, who preached at Sunday's service prior to the awarding of the Dean's Cross. From 2003 to 2006, McIntosh served as Canon Theologian to Presiding Bishop Griswold. In addition, he was Chaplain to the House of Bishops, a member of the House of Bishops Theology Committee, Book Editor of the Anglican Theological Review, and a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.
“Mark’s embodied witness to the love of God woven into the fabric of our lives informs all aspects of his wide-ranging ministry,” continued Griswold. “It is my joy to know him and count his as a companion and friend.”
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