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Voorhees College remembers Absalom Jones

February 1, 2012

Voorhees College will celebrate Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church, on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. in the St. Philip’s Chapel on campus.   

The Annual Absalom Jones Feast Day will feature the Right Reverend W. Andrew Waldo, Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, as chief celebrant, and the Right Reverend Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, as preacher.   

The Right Reverend W. Andrew Waldo was elected eighth bishop of Upper South Carolina in December 2009 and consecrated at Christ Church of Greenville, S.C. in May 2010. He received a Master of Divinity degree from The School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South, a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College in Los Angeles, Calif.

Since January 2008, the Right Reverend Mark Joseph Lawrence has served as the 14th Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University and Master of Divinity degree from the Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Known for being a dedicated pastor and teacher, he also served as a member of the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and the Board of Examining Chaplains, the latter of which he chaired. He also served as a deputy to the General   Conventions of 2003 and 2006.

“We look forward to celebrating the life and times of Absalom Jones,” said President Sellers. He is an iconic figure in African American history