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Empowering Ministry: Celebrating the Dedication of VTS Doctoral Students

Date: June 13, 2024

Next week we will welcome around forty students for the three-week doctoral residency that combines intensive coursework, worship, and fellowship. About thirty more doctoral students have already completed their summer residencies and are writing their doctoral theses at home. Special congratulations to the seven doctoral students who completed their degrees and graduated last month!

Our doctoral students are remarkable people. All of them are fully engaged in full-time ministry. They serve the church as parish priests, school chaplains, hospital chaplains, and many other ministries. Amid these demanding schedules, they carve out time for the demands of doctoral work. One imagines quite the juggling act in their day to day lives: a parish priest makes a hospital visit, then tackles assigned reading over lunch for her doctoral course, then moves to sermon preparation for the upcoming Sunday. Often she might stay up late in the evening to complete an online discussion post before bed. These students’ commitment to learning is an inspiration.

It is a commitment to learning, but more so a commitment to enhancing their ministry of making disciples. These students are eager to learn because they are eager to serve God’s church. We are pleased to welcome them here to VTS and delighted that we can be a place that welcomes and empowers students serving God’s mission.

The Rev. E. Ross Kane, Ph.D.
Director of Doctoral Programs 

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