The Reverend Allison Read joined Trinity in January of 2008 as our eighth College Chaplain, the second woman to serve in that capacity. She is an Episcopal priest, ordained in the Diocese of New York in 2003.
The College Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual & Religious Life supports students throughout their college experience. The Chaplain oversees a diverse team of personnel who bring excellent programming, care and counsel, opportunities for local and global engagement, and a sense of belonging among students. Additionally, the College Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual & Religious Life serves as an administrative partner on strategic college initiatives, promoting the spiritual and ethical well being of students and the ongoing growth of the college toward pluralism and inclusion.
The Chaplain’s priorities include the care of students in crisis or distress; students exploring questions of identity, affiliation, and practice; social justice advocacy; and the development of programs that complement the academic core of the college. The College Chaplain also stewards the historic Trinity College Chapel as a house of worship, a vital center for community life on campus, and a venue for music and the arts in the region.
As a designated chaplain, the College Chaplain offers persons who seek care and counsel the highest level of confidentiality granted personnel at the college (see the Confidential Care and Counseling page for more information). The Office of Spiritual & Religious Life plays an integral role alongside the counseling center, the dean of students, and the office of diversity, equity, and inclusion in promoting students’ success and supporting their emotional health.
Chaplain Read received her Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School. She received the John A. Wade prize for expository preaching and contributed to the Feasting on the Word preaching commentary. She also holds a diploma in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where she served as an alumna member of the graduate society council for three years.
Her undergraduate degree is from The University of Virginia, where she studied modern literature in the English department as well as Religious Studies, with a focus on Christianity and Islam. Chaplain Read worked at The New York Public Library and at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan. Upon completing her graduate professional degree and ordination in the Episcopal Church, Read was selected to participate in a Lilly Endowment initiative and served for two years as Lilly Fellow at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Manhattan. She then served as Assistant to the Rector and Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church in Short Hills, New Jersey.
In 2019, Chaplain Read was elected Vice President of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC). She also serves on the liturgical commission of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
Seeking to honor the legacy and maintain the traditions of the Trinity College Chapel, Chaplain Read also expands the breadth of the chaplaincy and the Office of Spiritual & Religious Life to include people and programs as diverse as our twenty-first century student body. She appreciates how her Episcopal identity is especially suited for her work in an academic institution because of its embrace of all persons, affirmation of the dignity of every human being, and celebration of the life of the mind.