Bishop Nazir-Ali will speak at Commencement 2011

AMBRIDGE, PA – April 13, 2011 Trinity School for Ministry is pleased to announce that Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will be the speaker at their 2011 Commencement Exercises on May 14. Bp. Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester for 15 years.  He is now the President of the Oxford Center for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue.

“It is an honor to have Bishop Michael join us for our Commencement this year,” said The Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Dean and President of Trinity School for Ministry. “He is one of the leading experts on the rise of secularism in our culture and we are eager to hear his charge to our graduates.”

Becky Toalster, Trinity’s Senior Class President, said, “Bishop Nazir-Ali is a godly man of integrity and wise counsel who will leave an imprint not only on our graduates, but also on those attending.”

Bp. Nazir-Ali has served as a Priest and Bishop in the Anglican provinces of both Pakistan and the United Kingdom. His citizenship in both of these countries has provided him with a unique insight into the relationship between Christians and Muslims. He has written numerous articles and several books including Citizens and Exiles: Christian Faith in a Plural World (SPCK, 1998), Shapes of the Church to Come (Kingsway, 2001), Conviction and Conflict (Continuum 2006) and The Unique and Universal Christ (Paternoster 2008).

Trinity’s Commencement exercises will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh, 325 Oliver Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2467.

In addition to his commencement address, Bishop Nazir-Ali will also speak on Sunday May 15th at St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley ( after which he will participate in a mission to the US sponsored by SOMA USA and the AAC (

Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. Begun in 1976, the seminary has trained nearly 1,000 students from all over the worldwide Anglican Communion.  As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.


For more information, contact:

The Rev. Christopher Klukas

Director of Communications

Trinity School for Ministry

311 Eleventh Street

Ambridge, PA 15003


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