The Dean’s Cross for William and Corinne Barnwell

Date: February 15, 2022

Sometimes in this job, one meets one of the saints of the Church. Episcopalian Corinne Barnwell was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, became an advocate for feminism, and has found countless ways to make a difference to the communities where God placed her. She is a warrior. And her husband, our alum, the Rev. William Barnwell, who sadly died of COVID, spent more time on marches than any other Episcopal priest I know.

As the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and I mused on our recent trip to New Orleans, we agreed that it was truly an honor to recognize William Barnwell, posthumously, and Corinne Barnwell, for their service to the Church. They both received the Dean’s Cross. The goal of the Dean’s Cross is to provide models of the well-formed life. They are intended to be models for anyone seeking to be a disciple of Christ. They are intended to be models for our seminarians.

The Dean’s Cross was presented on Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. The Rector, the Rev. Andrew Thayer, was a delightful host. It was lovely to spend time with the Rev. Gary Taylor (an alum and headmaster of the school attached to Trinity) and his wife Karen. But most important of all, we honored two remarkable people. They made a difference to the kingdom.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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