Faith in Maine

Blessed Absalom Jones

February 15, 2021

Enjoy a sermon preached by Yvonne O'Neal on February 14th, 2021 for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine online worship service honoring the Reverend Absalom Jones. The Rev. Absalom Jones was the first African American to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States (ordained 1802).   


About Yvonne O'Neal:

Yvonne O’Neal is committed to social justice and human rights advocacy and has found a platform on One Boat: International Chaplaincy for Covid Times. Yvonne is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees of the Church Pension Fund and The Church Club of New York. She is the Lay Representative to Province II Council and chair of the New York Deputation to the 79th and 80th General Convention.

A member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of New York, she serves on the Task Force Against Human Trafficking and the Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She chaired the Companion Diocese Committee for nine years and the Global Mission Commission for six.  Yvonne has served on the board of Episcopal Church Women and on Diocesan Council. She was a member of the Advisory Council of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations.
 She is a member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons and the Executive Committee of NGO CSW/NY. A devoted layperson, she has been involved with practically every facet of life at the Church of the Holy Trinity, where she served various vestry terms and is a warden. At the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Yvonne is a Verger and officiates at Morning Prayer on Fridays.

Yvonne has extensive experience as a financial consultant and holds various professional designations. She holds M.A. and B.S. degrees. Yvonne completed the Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary and received the Education for Ministry (EfM) certificate from the School of Theology, The University of the South.


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