Voorhees College holds Annual Absalom Jones Feast Day

January 29, 2013

On Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m., Voorhees College will celebrate the African American Identity in the Episcopal Church through the Annual Absalom  Jones Feast Day.  The Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, who will serve as the Preacher, is currently the Provisional Bishop for the Episcopal Church in South Carolina.  The Rev. Dr. Wilmot T. Merchant, II, who will serve as the Celebrant, is currently the Rector at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach, S. C.  


Absalom Jones is remembered and recognized during the celebration for his work as the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States.  Jones is regarded as a key religious African-American figure during the late 1700's and early 1800's.  His efforts parallel those of his friend and contemporary, Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  


The celebration will be held at St. Philip's Chapel, on the Voorhees College campus, 386 Porter Drive Denmark, South Carolina 29042.  A reception will be held immediately after the service in Massachusetts Hall.    


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