On May 12, the School of Theology will graduate 43 seminarians with a variety of degrees and honors. Additionally, honorary degrees will be presented to three bishops with diverse backgrounds and wide-ranging contributions to the Church.
The Rt. Rev. Harold William Godfrey, A.K.C, D.D., served as bishop of Peru beginning in 1998, and currently serves the Diocese of York in his native England. Following volunteer service in Iran, Godfrey read theology at King’s College, University of London. He trained for the ordained ministry at St. Augustine’s College, Canterbury. Godfrey served in the Diocese of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, before offering to be a mission priest in “any part of the world that needed help.” He was sent to South America to the Dioceses of Argentina and Uruguay. The Diocese of Uruguay flourished under Godfrey’s leadership, and in 1987 he was elected as Uruguay’s first bishop and was ordained to the episcopate on St. Matthew’s Day. Following his transfer to Peru in 1998, Godfrey grew that diocese to more than 50 clergy members, 40 parishes, a seminary, and five schools, and developed extensive outreach programs.
The Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin was ordained in 2016 as the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Prior to his election as bishop, McLoughlin had served as the canon to the ordinary and chief-of-staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma since 2008. McLoughlin was ordained to the priesthood in 2005 and previously served congregations in the dioceses of Southeast Florida and Virginia. He earned a master’s in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts from the University of Central Florida. Prior to his call to the priesthood, McLoughlin worked in criminal justice, serving as a police officer in Florida and serving in the U.S. Department of Justice in various capacities, including as the special assistant/senior advisor to the assistant attorney general. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, McLoughlin is bilingual, enjoys music, playing the drums, and studying 18th-century American history.
The Rt. Rev. David C. Rice is the provisional bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (California). Rice, who became an Anglican priest in 1997, was formerly the diocesan bishop of Waiapu in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia. Since arriving in San Joaquin in 2014, Rice has encouraged his diocese to feed and clothe, through community gardens, food banks, and backpack initiatives, the large number of people who live on the streets. A bicycle tour and other efforts raise awareness and support for agencies working with survivors of human trafficking. Prior to Rice’s consecration as the 15th bishop of Waiapu, he served in New Zealand as dean of the Cathedral of St. Paul's in the Diocese of Dunedin, and vicar of Mt. Herbert Parish on Banks Peninsula in the Diocese of Christchurch. Rice has an M. Div. from Duke Divinity School and a B.A. from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Rice will deliver the sermon during the graduation service.
The Convocation and Conferring of Degrees will take place in the University of the South’s All Saints’ Chapel at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be live-streamed via the School’s website.