New York City – Dean and President Ward B. Ewing announced today that the Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy will become the Seminary’s Associate Professor of Liturgics in the H. Boone Porter Chair. Dr. Malloy was recently approved by the faculty and by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Dean also announced two new staff positions: Dr. Frederick W. Gerbracht, Jr. has accepted the position of Assistant to the Dean for Program Development and the Rev. Dr. David Lowry has joined the Seminary as Director of the Center of Peace and Reconciliation.
Dr. Patrick Malloy was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame and is the author of Celebrating the Eucharist, commissioned by Church Publishing in 2008. He has taught at St. John’s University, The University of Santa Clara, and Duquesne University and was the 2007 recipient of a Lilly Foundation grant enabling him to study architecture and graphic design in the United Kingdom and the US. Dr. Malloy currently serves as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Allentown, PA, a parish known for integrating a careful, fully participatory liturgy with an extensive urban outreach program. For over seven years he has worked to expand the congregation’s social ministry, doubling the size of a preschool for needy children, founding the first Episcopal elementary school in the Diocese, and opening an employment agency for its struggling neighborhood. Recently, Grace Church completed the renovation of its worship space, the culmination of years of gradual and intentional liturgical renewal involving literally every member of the congregation.
Dr. Frederick Gerbracht joins the GTS staff in a temporary position to expand program offerings in the Seminary’s MA program. He holds a Ph.D. degree in history from New York University and currently teaches at the Mercer School of Theology in the Diocese of Long Island. With many years of experience in the Church’s educational ministries, Dr. Gerbracht, a GTS trustee, is contributing his time pro bono to develop a variety of new 12- and 6-week classes to be offered during the next academic year.
Dr. David Lowry, as Director for the Center for Peace and Reconciliation of the Desmond Tutu Center, will be working to develop seminars and major conferences to be held at the Center over next two to three years. High on his agenda is the goal of building relationships with other organizations working toward peace and reconciliation in both the religious and secular spheres, while also developing the financial resources for the Center. He holds a Ph.D. in British history from Indiana University as well as master's degrees in history and theology. Dr. Lowry has served as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, Canon Pastor of the Diocese of Long Island, and Rector of Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis. He has written and lectured extensively on corporate social responsibility, human rights and indigenous rights and served for 14 years as vice president and assistant to the chairman of the Freeport-McMoRan companies.
The General Theological Seminary, founded in 1817, prepares women and men for both ordained and lay ministries through a wide variety of degree and certificate programs. Its historic campus in the heart of New York City is also home to the Desmond Tutu Center, a modern full-service conference facility.
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