Cathedral of ST. John the Divine HOSTS
A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK
OF BLESSED ABSALOM JONES
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan
The New York Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, along with congregations from around New York, will join together for a celebration of the life and work of Blessed Absalom Jones on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street).
Absalom Jones, born a slave in Delaware in 1746, was the first African-American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Having bought his own freedom in 1784, he became a lay minister serving the Black membership of St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Absalom Jones was ordained deacon in 1795 and priest in 1802 of the St. Thomas African Episcopal Church.
This service is open and welcoming to all, in commemoration of Jones’s life and perseverance against exclusion, intolerance and oppression.