Voorhees College holds annual Absalom Jones Feast Day

February 2, 2014

On Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., Voorhees College will celebrate the African American identity in the Episcopal Church through the annual Absalom Jones Feast Day held on the campus of Voorhees College in St. Phillip’s Episcopal Chapel.

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. He is regarded as a key religious African American figure during the late 1700s and early 1800s. His efforts parallel those of his friend and contemporary, Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Annual Absalom Jones Feast Day will feature the Right Reverend W. Andrew Waldo, Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, as preacher, and the Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, as celebrant.

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.

The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later received the Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from the University of the South’s School of Theology.

For more information on this event, please contact Teesa Brunson, director of communications, at 803-780-1194 or at