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Mount Continues Steinthal Lecture Series

Jan 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Community Happenings

Latest in the Mount’s Steinthal Lecture series : The faith that fed Constitution Island

At the annual Steinthal Lecture at Mount Saint Mary College, attendees learned how the spirituality of two 19th century women, Susan and Anna Warner of West Point, N.Y.’s Constitution Island, continues to inspire Christians around the nation.

According to the Rev. Glenn I. Henricksen, lecturer, after moving to Constitution Island in the early 1800s, the sisters wrote novels to support their father. They enjoyed a great deal of success.

Today, Anna Warner is most remembered for penning the popular hymn “Jesus Loves Me (This I Know),” which has been sung by greats such as Dionne Warwick and Whitney Huston. The lyrics first appeared as a poem in a novel by Susan Warner, and the tune was added later by William Bradbury.

Deeply committed to their Christian beliefs, the sisters held weekly Bible classes for the cadets at West Point.

“They realized that these cadets would be facing death, and the sisters wanted to be sure that the cadets would be presented with a faith in Christ,” said Henricksen.

As a result, Susan and Anna Warner are the only civilians buried at West Point’s military cemetery.

Rev. Glenn I. Henricksen

Rev. Glenn I. Henricksen

Henricksen taught religious studies at Mount Saint Mary College, and also chemistry at Mount Saint Mary Academy high school. Henricksen served several churches as pastor, assistant pastor, and supply pastor, and spent 18 years as Protestant Chaplain at the Letchworth Village Developmental center. He is now retired and resides in the Town of Newburgh, N.Y.

The Steinthal Lecture, established in memory of former Mount professor and noted physician Dr. Eric Steinthal, was founded by his son, Nicholas. The senior Steinthal taught religion, philosophy, literature, and art at the college for 27 years.

The college is also known for its annual Samuel D. Affron Memorial Lecture, which Jerome S. Affron, a former Mount Saint Mary College trustee, established in honor of his father in 1982. The Affron Lecture takes place in the spring semester.

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