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The 2020 Banquet has been cancelled due to the public health emergency.

The 2020 Manross Lecture will be provided through a video recording. Details soon.

Manross Lecture 2020

“Called to the rest of Bethlehem”: Founders, Visions, and the Restoration of Religious Life in 19th Century Anglicanism

The restoration of religious life among Anglicans was controversial and contentious on many levels, including among those who were in the midst of the task. Competing visions of what religious life meant, and how it was to be lived, sometimes led to conflict. The founding of the Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity by Charles Chapman Grafton offers just such a story.

Our Speaker

The Very Rev. Dr. Steven A. Peay is Associate Dean and Canon Residentiary at All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee. He joined the Cathedral staff in 2018 after serving as Professor of Homiletics and Church History as well as Dean-President at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. His undergraduate study of Church History led him toward monastic life, which he entered at Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, PA) in 1977. Following his first profession of vows he studied for the priesthood and after final vows was ordained deacon and priest. He taught as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology and was engaged in parish work, retreats for clergy, religious and laity, and served as academic dean.

Leaving monastic life in 1994, he devoted himself to parish work for fifteen years in Congregational churches in Wisconsin (Madison and Wauwatosa), while continuing to research, write and teach in various venues. Peay came to Nashotah House as adjunct professor of Church History in 2008 and was elected to the faculty in 2010. His orders were received into the Episcopal Church in 2010.

Father Peay’s research largely focuses on the American religious experience, its movements and ecclesial expressions. While earlier research centered on the history of preaching, Peay has also worked on Puritanism and Congregationalism and examining parallel movements for the recovery of the catholicity of the Church, i.e. Mercersburg and Oxford. Publications include editing four books, articles and reviews in The International Congregational Journal, The Catholic Historical Review, The Congregationalist, a reference article in The Encyclopedia of Protestantism and theological commentaries on the Triduum Psalmody in Feasting on the Word (year A). He is a member of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.

All things historical interest him, especially academical dress. He is a fellow of the Burgon Society, which studies academical dress. Hobbies include reading, cooking, trying to help around the garden, and music (particularly early to Baroque, English choral music, and jazz). Father Peay married his wife Julie in 1996.

The Manross Lecture is named for the Society's chief benefactor, Historian William Wilson Manross (1905-1987). Read more here.

William Wilson Manross

The Very Rev. Dr. Steven A. Peay


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