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DENMARK - Voorhees College, in collaboration with parishioners of St. Philips Church, will celebrate the annual Absalom Jones Feast Day service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, in St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel.

The purpose of the celebration is to recognize the African-American presence in the Episcopal Church and celebrate the first African-American Episcopal priest. Absalom Jones was the first ordained African-American priest in the Episcopal Church in the United States. He became a religious icon of the late 1700s and early 1800s and helped to abolish slavery in America.

In 1924, the American Church Institutes for Negroes, which was part of the Episcopal Church, agreed to support Voorhees. It was the beginning of a long relationship between the school and the church, an affiliation that continues today.

The Right Rev. Gladstone “Skip” Adams III, provisional bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, based in Charleston, will be the featured speaker. He has served as the provisional bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

Adams previously served as bishop of Central New York from 2001 to 2016. In June 2016, he was nominated as the next provisional bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina. On Sept. 10, 2016, he was officially elected and installed as provisional bishop.

Along with Adams, The Right. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, will serve as celebrant. This event is free and open to the public.

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