Story updated April 11 to reflect change in committal service.
[Episcopal News Service] A funeral service was held April 9 at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church for the Rev. James Corner Fenhagen, 82, who died at Tidelands Community Hospice in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, on April 5.
A second public memorial service is planned in Washington National Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel at 2 p.m. EDT April 21. A reception will follow in the cathedral’s College of Preachers building. Fenhagen served as president and warden of the College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral from 2001-2004. A private committal service will also take place at the cathedral on April 21.
Fenhagen, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, was named president and dean of the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1978 and retired from there in 1992. While at General, he taught in areas related to Christian spirituality and the practice of ministry. He was well known for having helped develop the concept of mutual ministry.
He then became director of the Cornerstone Project of the Episcopal Church Foundation, retiring in 1995. Cornerstone explored issues of clergy and congregational health, wholeness and holiness.
Fenhagen graduated from St. Paul’s School and attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, before receiving his bachelor of arts degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee in 1951. He earned a master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1954, and was awarded honorary degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary, the University of the South’s School of Theology, and Washington and Lee University.
Fenhagen served parishes in Maryland, the District of Columbia and South Carolina, and was also director of the Church and Ministry Program at the Hartford Seminary Foundation.
Fenhagen is survived by his wife, Eulalie McFall Fenhagen, two sons and two grandchildren. He was predeceased in 2005 by a daughter, Eulalie (Leila) Swinton Fenhagen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, PO Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585, or Tidelands Community Hospice Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC, 29440.