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BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011—Church Divinity School of the Pacific will confer honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees on Thursday, Oct. 13 on three distinguished alumni/ae of the Episcopal graduate theological seminary. The recipients are: the Rev. Peter Chase, a maritime chaplain in Dubai; the Rev. David E. Pettengill, a retired priest in Mesa, Ariz.; and the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, an editor with Episcopal News Service in New York City, who lives in Neptune, N.J.
The three priests will receive Doctor of Divinity degrees at the annual Alumni Convocation at CDSP by the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D., president and dean, and the Rev. Eliza Linley, chair of the CDSP Board of Trustees, in recognition of their significant contributions to the Episcopal Church. The degrees will be presented as part of a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, which begins at 5:45 p.m. in All Saints Chapel on the CDSP campus, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, Calif.
The Eucharist for alumni will be celebrated with Richardson presiding, with the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Linda L. Clader, professor of homiletics and CDSP Dean of Academic Affairs.
Schjonberg studied journalism and mass communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received her Master of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2000. She was ordained a priest in 2001, and served parishes in New Jersey before becoming editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service in New York City in 2005, the position she holds today. Schjonberg is a member of the board of directors for the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, and served as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero from October 2001 through May 2002. She has also served as president of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific Alumni Council, and on the CDSP Board of Trustees.
Pettengill received his Master of Divinity degree from CDSP in 1960 and has a long and varied career of service to the Episcopal Church. He has served churches since his ordination as priest in 1960, both before and after his retirement. He was named Canon to the Ordinary (an honorary life title) for his 35 years of dedicated ministry in the Diocese of Arizona. Pettengill has been a member of the Episcopal Church’s Department of Camps and Conferences for 20 years, and was a deputy to the church’s General Convention for four terms. He has enabled more than 1,000 people to make trips into the Grand Canyon.
Chase received his Master of Divinity degree from CDSP in 1980, and since has served churches in California, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Massachusetts. He currently lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates serving as Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers, serving with the MV Flying Angel, which serves the second largest anchorage in the world. It is the world’s the largest seafarer center with more than 20,000 seafarer visitors each year.