Dear St. Peter’s Ohana,
I can’t believe it has been nearly three years since I left you all to set out on the journey that has been seminary. There have been moments where it felt like school would never end. Now, looking back, it feels like it is over in the blink of an eye. I have been incredibly blessed by my experience at Virginia Theological Seminary. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to travel to both Canterbury and Jerusalem, to study with brilliant professors who have made scripture and theology come alive, to become a part of a church community in Washington D.C., to worship with classmates who I know will be both colleagues and lifelong friends, and so much more.
As I approach the end of my seminary career and look forward to starting my ministry as an ordained person, I am thankful for the role St. Peter’s has played. The support you have given me-through prayer, encouragement, and finances-has been invaluable. It has afforded me the luxury of knowing there is a community of support back home in the islands to both advocate for me and walk with me through this season.
My graduation from VTS is Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 10:30am EST. The ceremony is live streamed, and I will pass on the link as soon as I have it. The recording will stay up on the VTS website, for those of you who may not want to get up that early in Hawaii! I will be traveling home to Oahu shortly after graduation for a break before I start the next chapter of my life. I look forward to catching up with all of you once I am home. Thank you for everything you have done for me the last three years! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Love and Blessings, Annalise