Voorhees observes Absalom Jones Feast Day
February 08, 2019
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians to financially support the annual Feast of Absalom Jones, who was the first African-American Ordained Episcopal priest of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. in the St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel. The offerings will go toward supporting Jones’ mission and efforts of advancing the education of African Americans.
Voorhees is one of two remaining Episcopal supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) out of the original ten. Donations to the event will provide much needed help to offer competitive scholarships and financial aid, attract and retain exceptional faculty, support cutting-edge faculty research, install new and upgraded technology campus-wide, and provide state-of-the-art classrooms and athletic equipment.
Curry said the relationship between the Episcopal Church and Voorhees College is a steadfast commitment. “The Episcopal Church established and made a life-long covenant with these schools, and they are an essential part of the fabric of our shared life,” Curry said.
He added that February is the month that Absalom Jones is celebrated as the first African-American priest in The Episcopal Church. “We have a unique opportunity to celebrate his memory and to honor the witness of two schools that continue to form new leaders,” Curry said. “In honor of Jones’ commitment to advancing the education of African Americans and promoting the development of African American leaders in all areas of life, The Episcopal Church is delighted to designate Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College as the beneficiaries of the 2019 Feast of Absalom Jones offerings.”
Voorhees College President W. Franklin Evans said all the efforts of the Episcopal Church are greatly appreciated as Voorhees College is strategically working to advance. “We have come a long way and made some major strides. Without The Episcopal Church’s assistance, we would not have achieved so much in so little time,” Evans said. “However, the battle is not over, and we must continue to raise funds.”
The Absalom Jones Feast Day service is free and open to the public. The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. ‘Skip’ Adams, III, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, and the Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina along with clergy and laity of both dioceses, will attend and participate in this festive Eucharist. In addition, The Very Rev. Adam Shoemaker, rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, in Charleston, S.C., will serve as preacher and Bishop ‘Skip’ Adams will serve as celebrant.
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