Trinity Chaplaincy Celebrated
|The Rt. Rev. Andrew
D. Smith ’65, Episcopal Bishop of Connecticut, applauds as The
Rev. Daniel R. Heischman is introduced as the Chaplain of Trinity
The Rev. Daniel R. Heischman was officially installed as the seventh
chaplain of Trinity College during an April 18 ceremony in the Chapel.
A substantial gathering of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and
friends of the College was on hand to take part in the Sunday
afternoon celebration, which was presided over by the Episcopal Bishop
of Connecticut, The Rt. Rev. Andrew D. Smith ’65. Heischman came to
Trinity last July after serving as head of the upper school at St.
Albans School in Washington, D.C., where he also served as a clergy
assistant at Washington National Cathedral.
Among the participants in the service were former Trinity Chaplain The
Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston ’71, who now serves as dean of the
Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Rt. Rev.
Arthur E. Walmsley, retired Episcopal Bishop of Connecticut; and The
Richard E. Spalding, the chaplain at Williams College. During the
induction ceremony, representatives of the campus community presented
Heischman with various objects symbolizing his many obligations as
chaplain at Trinity. These gifts included a map of Hartford from
Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement Joseph Barber as a
sign of the College’s commitment to the city, as well as the keys to
the Chapel from President Painter, signifying that the doors to the
Chapel should remain open to all people.
James F. Jones presents Chaplain Daniel R. Heischman with oils
symbolic of his role “as a healer and reconciler.”
According to College Archivist Peter J. Knapp, the position of college
chaplain was established at Trinity in 1946 during the presidency of
G. Keith Funston. Prior to that time, all the Trinity presidents had
been Episcopal priests and served in the role of chaplain.
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