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 College.  

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 Rev. 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.

President-elect 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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