The St. James School community celebrated the life of the blessed Absalom Jones, the first black priest in the Episcopal church.
The service took place on Saturday, February 7, at Philadelphia Cathedral in University City, beginning with performances by the Saint Mark’s Boys and Girls Choir (which includes several St. James students) under the direction of Dr. Darryl Roland. Northeast High School Choir and the Absalom Jones Mass Choir also performed.
The preacher was The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, D.Min, bishop of North Carolina, and the Absalom Jones Award recipient was Canon Jill P. Mathis, canon for transition ministry in the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
A packed cathedral marked this special occasion for the school and the diocese as everyone celebrated Absalom Jones and his work to trailblaze a path for many who continue to follow their call to priesthood within the Episcopal church.