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VTS Announces Gothic France Pilgrimage for 2022

Date: February 25, 2021

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: (703) 461-1782

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As part of our Bicentennial celebration, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) asks you to consider a pilgrimage through Gothic France – Paris, Chartres, Cluny, Reims, Bec Abbey, Mt. St. Michel, and Normandy – with the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean & president, and the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., co-director of the Bicentennial Campaign and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor of Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education.

“To mark our journey as an institution of 200 years, we want our alums and friends to take a journey with us,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. “The act of moving in a different place is an act of learning that can change the way we look at the world. These pilgrimages are at the core of our mission. They can be transformative and life-giving.”

  • GOTHIC FRANCE May 20-30, 2022.

In addition, VTS is traveling to the Holy Land in 2022. The dates for those Bicentennial Pilgrimages to the Holy Land are during Epiphany 2022:

  • HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE ONE: January 8–19, 2022
  • HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE TWO: January 22–February 2, 2022

“We are ready when you are!” said Hawkins. “As you contemplate returning to travel in 2022 and beyond, remember our flexible booking policy which lets you plan your future travel with complete peace of mind. If you change or cancel up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason—whether at home or in your travel destination—you will receive a credit toward future travel associated with VTS. So, book with confidence.”

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Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online:

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