Voorhees will hosts its annual Absalom Jones Feast Day

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Voorhees will hosts its annual Absalom Jones Feast Day

February 01, 2016

Denmark, S.C. - Voorhees College will host its annual Absalom Jones Feast Day celebration to recognize the African American presence in the Episcopal Church on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel on campus.

Absalom Jones was the first African American to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in the United States. He is known as a religious icon of the late 1700s and early 1800s, who helped to champion the abolition of slavery in America and acted on behalf of the oppressed and distress.

“Because of Absalom Jones’ courage and persistent faith in God, African Americans were admitted into the Episcopal denomination. Absalom Jones supported opportunities for growth within the African American communities,” said chaplain and vicar James Yarsiah.

The celebration will feature guest speaker Rev. Calvin R. Griffin, who has been rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, S.C. since 1994. Rev. Griffin is a native of Baltimore and is a graduate of Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Eastern Theological Seminary.

Absalom Jones Feast Day will also feature the Right Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu