Logos House of Theological Studies Elects New President and Acting Dean



The Rev. Jeffrey W. Monroe has been elected by the Board of Trustees as President and Acting Dean of the Logos House of Theological Studies.  He fills the position left vacant by the recent passing of the Very Rev. Granville Henthorne, DD, the seminary’s founder.  Fr. Monroe will be responsible for the administration and development of the Seminary’s programs.

Fr. Monroe has a strong academic and administrative background and served as Vice President of the Board.  He was an assistant professor in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and associate professor in the Massachusetts State University system. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Business Administration/Marine Transportation and Graduate Studies Program at SUNY Fort Schuyler and Professional Education as Director of the Center of Maritime Training at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He was a lay chaplain for students at both institutions where he was heavily involved in campus ministries.  He was also a visiting lecturer at the Boston Museum of Science, and an adjunct at the Muskie School of Public Policy, University of Southern Maine. He currently administers and lectures in the Certified Port Executive Program recognized by the Canadian Association of Professional Engineers and is the logistics educator for the Canadian Department of Defense.  Fr. Monroe was recently one of two finalists for the Presidency of Maine Maritime Academy.

Fr. Monroe is a 1976 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and has a Master’s Degree from the State University of New York.  He also has Bachelor of Sacred Theology Degree from Logos House and a Federal Master Mariner Certification as well as numerous professional certifications. He served Logos House in the Diaconal Instruction Program and is mentor of Pastoral Theology.  He will continue in his roles as the Rector of St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Conway, NH and a maritime and port chaplain.

“My fundamental goal will be to build on the foundation of what Fr. Henthorne’s vision created,” said Fr. Monroe.  “The key to growth will be good administration, skilled and expanded faculty and academic programs that reflect the need for highly qualified and well educated clergy.”  In addition to the institution’s administration, he hopes to develop a Board of Visitors to foster close cooperation between the national churches of the TAC, develop lay and continuing education programs, develop on-line education programs and insure that the work in progress by current students is evaluated in a timely manner. “One of my first objectives in addition to addressing current student course work will be the expansion of the current faculty to insure we bring a wide range of experienced talent to the table as our student population grows,” Fr. Monroe noted.

Logos House is an independent institution affiliated with the Anglican Church in America (ACA), and under the patronage of the Traditional Anglican Communion. The Seminary was founded in 1998, at the request of and with the support of the late Bishop Bruce Chamberlain, Diocese of the Northeast, ACA. The mission is focused on the education of candidates from the Traditional Anglican and other theologically conservative jurisdictions for ministry as Deacons and Priest in Parish and other Pastoral settings. The seminary currently educates students from multiple continuing Anglican Church jurisdictions and several nations outside of North America. The study center and library are currently located in Ellsworth, Maine and programs are built around the Oxford Tutorial Model, based on remote learning and distance education. The program is geared to men who are in full-time secular employment, and have experienced the call to part-time or full-time Ministry in the Church.


The Logos House of Theological Studies website is here.


Noah’s Ark Sunk by Hurricane Sandy

Noah’s Ark is a wash out after Hurricane Sandy.

The replica, that is:

Noah’s Ark may have been sunk by a modern day storm of biblical  proportions.

The replica of the Old Testament boat to be used in filming  of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” may have been severely damaged at its Oyster Bay,  Long Island, set by Hurricane Sandy, a source close to the production told the  Hollywood Reporter.

“There are so many fallen trees [blocking the roads],  we can’t get any confirmation [of its condition] yet,” said the source.

Production of the film, which was also shot in Brooklyn and Iceland, was  abruptly halted two days before Sandy hit the area, as the cast and crew took to  shelter.

Russell Crowe, who’s staying in Manhattan during filming, took  to Twitter to tell fans that he was hunkered down with a pot of Yorkshire tea. “Aah Tea, it’s the ritual perfect for Hurricanes,” he tweeted.

But Long  Island didn’t fare so well.

In the immediate aftermath of Sandy’s swathe  of devastation, roughly 90% of households on the Island were without  electricity. And Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto told Newsday that the  storm had set a “new record” for fallen trees, which have downed power-lines and  crippled travel.

In “Noah,” which is set to sail into theaters on March  29, 2014, Crowe plays the titular hero, who is tasked by God to build an ark to  save a male and female animal of every animal species before a torrential  downpour washes away the rest of the life on the planet…



Fit for Ministry: Addressing the Crisis in Clergy Health

The Christian Century:

Being a pastor is bad for your health. Pastors have little time for exercise. They often eat meals in the car or at potluck dinners not known for their fresh green salads. The demands on their time are unpredictable and never ending, and their days involve an enormous amount of emotional investment and energy. Family time is intruded upon. When a pastor announces a vacation, the congregation frowns. Pastors tend to move too frequently to maintain relationships with doctors who might hold them accountable for their health. The profession discourages them from making close friends. All of this translates, studies show, into clergy having higher than normal rates of obesity, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and stress.

But research also says that pastors’ lives are rich in spiritual vitality and meaning. Pastors say that they have a profound calling and are willing to sacrifice to fulfill it.

Is there a way for pastors to be both physically and spiritually healthy? What would enable clergy to become physically healthier? What effect does physical health have on spiritual well-being, if any? The Clergy Health Initiative is trying to find out the answers to these questions. Funded by the Duke Endowment, the CHI is the largest and most comprehensive effort ever made to study clergy health and to improve it.

Read on here.