General Seminary appoints Kevin J. Moroney as associate professor of liturgics

Posted May 9, 2016

[General Theological Seminary press release] The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney has been appointed as Associate Professor in the Rev. Dr. H. Boone Porter Liturgics Chair. With the conclusion of this search, a full-time, residential Professor of Liturgics returns to the General faculty. Also, General Seminary welcomes home a loyal son, a member of the Class of 1992.

Moroney has been teaching as an Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics at General since last fall. During that time, he taught the foundational liturgy class, as well as “Presiding at the Eucharist” and a liturgical practicum in the chapel. He has been particularly enthusiastic about the potential for the practicum to empower students to lead worship in our broad Anglican tradition. Also, over the last school year, Moroney has participated as a member of the GTS community, taking part in chapel and sharing meals in the refectory; and now, he and his family will move to the Close to become fully present in the community.

“I am so pleased Professor Moroney will continue his ministry of teaching here next year. He now has a home here that enables him to include scholarship, student advising, and mentoring; with a full-time presence in our community. His leadership this past year has been tremendously felt in the chapel and I look forward to how that will continue to evolve over the next several years,” said the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President. Dean Dunkle is also appointing Moroney as Director of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.

Moroney received his M.Div. from General Seminary in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Liturgy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, in 2008. His doctoral dissertation was an assessment of the full revision of the Irish Prayer Book happening at that time. Moroney currently serves as Associate Rector at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, having moved there recently after concluding a long-time position as Rector of Christ Church Ithan, in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Moroney also served as Visiting Professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and he continues to serve as Affiliated Professor of Liturgics at Nashotah House Seminary. He taught Liturgics at The Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin from 2000-2005 and is the author of many published papers on liturgics and related fields.

“General Seminary was my mother in ministry. I came here with a deep faith and a sense of call. General stretched me in the ways I needed to be stretched, and deepened and enriched me in areas that mean the world to me,” Moroney says of his time as a student at General. “I am honored and excited to join the long line of scholars who have made liturgical formation one of the hallmarks to life and learning at General Seminary. Serving as an Affiliate Professor this past year has given me a wonderful chance to reconnect with the Seminary, while establishing new relationships with students, faculty, and staff. I look forward to deepening those ties as I join the faculty of General full time, beginning this summer.”