Virginia Seminary announces appointment of new field education director

January 8, 2010

The board of trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary has elected the Rev. Canon Dr. Allison St. Louis (VTS '00) to the faculty of the seminary as director of field education and the Second Three Years program, according to a release from the seminary.

St. Louis, who currently serves as vicar of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut, will step into her new role on March 15.

"We were all deeply impressed with Allison's depth, thoughtfulness, energy, and commitment," said seminary dean Ian Markham in announcing the appointment. "She understands the vision underpinning the Second Three Years and the importance of field education in the hard work of formation."

St. Louis succeeds the Rev. Jacques B. Hadler Jr., who retires this spring after 17 years as director of field education at VTS. Prior to her work at the cathedral in Hartford, St. Louis served at Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland, as associate rector (2003-2004) and as assistant to the rector (2000-2003).

A native of Trinidad, West Indies, St. Louis holds doctor of philosophy, master of science, and bachelor of science degrees from Howard University and a master of divinity degree from VTS. She was ordained a priest in 2001 by the Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon and she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her cross-cultural experience includes studies in Mexico and in Kenya.

St. Louis currently serves on the pastoral services advisory committee at Hartford Hospital and on theDiocese of Connecticut's Committee II. She has been a spiritual director at VTS (2002-2004); a staff member of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation's Preaching Excellence program; and a diocesan review committee member in the Diocese of Washington. She has been involved with the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and has served as co-chair of the Diocese of Washington's task force on racial reconciliation.

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D., the seminary's vice president and associate dean of Academic Affairs, said, "From a very strong group of finalists, Allison stood out given her broad experience as priest in two diverse, urban congregations, her deep spirituality, and her work as teacher and clinical psychologist."