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Absalom Jones Service of Witness
February 10, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
A Service of Witness to Black Ministry in the Diocese of New Jersey
Celebrating the life and ministry of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African-American ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, 1802.
Born into slavery, Jones founded the first African-American Episcopal congregation–the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. Ten years later, in 1804, he was the first African American to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States. He is listed on the Episcopal calendar of saints. He is remembered liturgically on the date of his death, February 13, in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
Reception follows in Synod Hall.