Congratulations to the Matriculants of 2014, and may God Bless your Formation!

By the Rev. Dr. Jon C. Jenkins+

Anglican Diocese of the South

Class of 2006 and 2013

 

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DSC_0256Can you remember the excitement of your Matriculation at Nashotah House? Those early days when you were just happy to have a seat in the chapel, and a few lean inches of a shelf to store a small Bible, a tin of mints, or perhaps a St. Augustine’s Prayerbook or a Rosary?

It’s easy to forget the emotion of those early days. The first time you were torch-bearer, crucifer, bell-ringer, or thurifer—each of these moments gradually paved over with time, repetition, and increased responsibility.

Among the many moments of the Junior year, from arriving on campus, to finding your name in a chapel stall, is Matriculation—the day you made the oath, knelt before the Dean, signed the book, and joined the fraternity of Matriculants at Nashotah House. Your name, written in your own hand, inscribing you place in Nashotah’s history and reserving your right to a plot in the cemetery—this signature will never be erased.

DSC_0270What an important day in the life of the seminarian, and in the life of the House at large! A few more souls sacrificed for Christ, formed to continue to make room for the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself as a conduit for God’s grace. In this moment, the Sons and Daughters of this House gather in prayer, and offer oblations of thanksgiving and prayers of protection for the newest recruits in the Army of God—remembering that in Christ that we are to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10).

When a student matriculates, they are immediately considered members of the Nashotah House Alumni Association. From this moment forward, they join us, and we become conjoined to them in the love of Christ, and the fellowship of ministry.

This October 23, 2014 a dozen or so local and regional alumni gathered to rekindle that spirit, and to become, what hopes to remain, a tradition of Alumni welcoming new Matriculants in person, handing them a personal note of support along with a copy of the biography: James Lloyd Breck: Apostle of the Wilderness. It is our hope that they will embrace the history of Nashotah House as they become a part of its legacy. And we further hope to convey our support for them, fledglings in the nursery of God. After all, “Seminary” is merely the Latin word for “nursery.”

Congratulations to the Matriculants of 2014, and may God bless your formation!

Mr. Reid Berry, Oklahoma City, OK

Mr. Jacob Bottom, Dallas, TX

Ms. Margaret Brack, Grand Forks, ND

Mr. Joseph Calandra, Norfolk, VA

Mr. Shea Gilliland, Dallas, TX

Mr. Pedro Lara, Garland, TX

Mr. Lawrence McElrath, Akron, OH

Mr. Cooper Morelock, Brownwood, TX

The Rev. Louis Onyefulummo, Agulu, Nigeria

Mr. Ryan Pollock, Dallas, TX

Ms. Tammy Prather, Delavan, WI

Mr. Wayne Stolpa, McFarland, WI

Mr. Brian Wehrle, Ottawa, ON

Mr. Sam Wilgus, Dallas, TX

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About nashotahhouse

Located in Nashotah, Wisconsin, Nashotah House Theological Seminary is the oldest institute of higher education in the state of Wisconsin. Founded in 1842 by a Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Nashotah House belongs to the Anglican tradition of worship, theology and spirituality. That is, Nashotah House traces her roots to the Church of England and locates herself within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Comprehending the fundamental disciplines of Holy Scripture, Theology, Church History, Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry, the curriculum at Nashotah House not only roots our students in the ancient wisdom of the Church, it prepares and empowers them to communicate the Gospel to the world today.