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Welcoming CACS Visitors in March

Date: March 4, 2024

We are delighted to welcome to campus this week two visitors from very different parts of the church in Asia, both guests of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS). The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Lita D. Mapangdol arrived Saturday and serves as the Dean and President of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in the Philippines. She will be with us as a CACS Communion Sabbatical Visitor until March 25. Sabbaticals are a time of rest and rejuvenation for church leaders and scholars from around the world, and many visitors use their time at VTS to read, write, or study. Dean Mapangdol’s visit will be no different. During her few short weeks here, she plans to write a contextualized Bible study curriculum on the 5 Marks of Mission, expanding it to include a 6th mark on Gender Justice. She also will lead a forum on March 5th about “Challenges & Opportunities in Theological Education” (sign up here) and will preach in chapel on March 6th – all while enjoying time away from the busyness of her work at St. Andrew’s. Dean Mapangdol has been selected as a Merrow Fellow by both VTS and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington where the Rev. Andrew Merrow has served so faithfully. Dean Mapangdol will be welcomed by the St. Mary’s community where she will deliver a presentation on Sunday March 10 at 10 am on “The Church in the Philippines” and a sermon on March 17, also at 10 am. She will help both the St. Mary’s and the VTS communities to better understand how Anglicans in the Philippines are witnessing to their faith in Jesus Christ. Please help us to extend a warm VTS welcome to Dean Gloria as she joins our community.

Our second visitor this week, arriving on Tuesday, is Ms. Alice Garrick of Pakistan.

The Women Development Services (WDS) of Raiwind Diocese of Pakistan, where Ms. Garrick serves as Executive Director, works to build a just community, free from the discrimination and exploitation of women. Working with women who are victims of the sex industry and offering training, support, and education for women and girls in Pakistan, WDS is doing important, life-saving work. Ms. Garrick will share a presentation “From Tears to Hope” about the work of WDS on Wednesday, March 6th in Scott Lounge from 12:45-1:45 (bring your lunch, sign up here). Part of her presentation will include showcasing art and jewelry made by women in the program, which will be available for purchase to support their work. WDS is important, and their ministry is much needed. Welcome, Alice.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary and President, The General Theological Seminary 

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