Seminary of the Southwest awards honorary degrees, honors trustee

May 26, 2015

[Seminary of the Southwest press release] Seminary of the Southwest held its sixty-fourth commencement on May 12 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Austin.

The seminary awarded master’s degrees to 29 students completing the master of divinity, master’s in religion, master’s in counseling, master’s in chaplaincy and pastoral care and master’s in spiritual formation. Four students received diplomas in Anglican studies or in theological studies.

Photo from left: Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, the Rev. Canon John Peterson, the Rt. Rev. Brian Seage, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison, chair of the board.

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, preached at the Holy Eucharist. The seminary awarded honorary doctorates to Budde; the Rt. Rev. Brian Seage, bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi; and the Rev. Canon John Peterson, immediate past president of the Compass Rose Society and Anglican canon at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.

Mr. Robert C. Schorr received the 2015 Trustees’ Award for 17 years of “indefatigable service” on the seminary’s board of trustees.  Read the citation presented to Trustee Schorr who is pictured here as seminary faculty sing their farewell at a reception the evening before Commencement.

At their spring meeting on May 11, the seminary’s board of trustees elected three new trustees: the Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire; Teri Lawver, business leader with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson; and the Honorable Lora Jeanette Livingston, presiding judge, 261st District Court, Travis County, Texas.

The Rev. Bob Dannals, rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas, and chair of the governance committee of the seminary’s board of trustees, reflected, “Seminary of the Southwest is committed to identifying and recruiting excellent lay and ordained leaders, and we are grateful for these outstanding men and women who are willing to serve.”

Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge’s homily at Evensong

Bishop Budde’s Commencement sermon

Citation for Bishop Budde’s honorary degree

Citation for Canon Peterson’s honorary degree

Citation for Bishop Seage’s honorary degree

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