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Trinity Rector Visits Sing Sing Prisoners


The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer addresses a class on leadership at Sing Sing prison. From left: the Rev. Canon Petero Sabune, former Sing Sing chaplain; Roz Hall, Trinity Wall Street parishioner; and Dr. Lupfer.

Trinity Wall Street’s new rector spent the first work day of his ministry at the Sing Sing maximum security prison.

The Rev. Dr. Bill Lupfer visited inmates behind the walls, accompanied by Trinity vicar, the Rev. Phillip Jackson; the Rev. Canon Petero Sabune, an Episcopal priest and former Sing Sing chaplain; and Roz Hall, a member both of Trinity’s congregation and the parish’s prison ministry.

Dr. Lupfer addressed a class on leadership attended by 15 inmates who are studying for their Master’s degrees. The leadership class is organized by New York Theological Seminary and led by the Rev. Dr. Edward Hunt.

As Trinity’s 18th rector, Dr. Lupfer has pledged to actively support prison ministry, recalling its formative role in his call to the priesthood in Connecticut in the mid- and late 1980s. Before leaving the prison, Lupfer reminded the inmates that their voices are important to the redemptive process adding: “That’s why we’re here.”

Dr. Lupfer will be inducted as rector on Sunday, February 22, in a ceremony unique to Trinity.  His institution, a traditional liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer, will take place on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 14.

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