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The Rev. Canon Alexander Malcolm MacMillan 1921-2008

Macmillanobitphoto The Rev. Canon Alexander Malcolm MacMillan died September 9.

"He was known to and loved by many in this diocese and in the wider Church," Bishop Paul Marshall wrote to the diocesan community early the following day. "An early champion of civil rights in the South and then the structures of the church, Canon MacMillan was a dedicated parish priest, liturgical innovator, and supporter of the spiritual development of many."

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 20, at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Third and Wyandotte streets. Bethlehem.

Ordained a deacon and a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1945, he served as rector at Holy Trinity in Memphis, Tennessee (four years), the Church of the Ascension in St. Louis, Missouri (eight years), St. John's Church in Sharon, Pennsylvania (17 years), and the Church of the Mediator in Allentown, Pennsylvania (12 years). 

Father Mac was called to the Church of the Mediator in 1974, and served there as rector until his retirement in 1985. He was exemplary in pastoral care" and saw outreach of the parish to the community as true Christian mission, raising the sights of the parish toward that goal through his extensive community involvement.

Together with other outstanding churchmen in the community, he was instrumental in forming Operation Rice Bowl in the Allentown area, which later became a national effort in raising money to feed the hungry. His leadership also resulted in establishing a Covenant Relationship between The Church of the Mediator, St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Established in 1983, the Covenant was the first in the nation to establish a formal relationship among churches from four denominations.

Education: B.A., B.S., Lambuth College, Jackson, TN.; M. Div.: University of the South, Sewanee, TN; Graduate Study: Columbia University School of Social Work; Liturgical Study: Saint George's College, Jerusalem, Israel; Clinical Training: Bellevue Hospital, New York City, NY; Group Dynamics Training: National Training Laboratories, Bethel, ME.

Diocesan Ministry: Director of Youth Work: Diocese of Tennessee; Member of Standing Committee: Missouri, Erie, and Bethlehem; Examining Chaplain: Tennessee, Missouri, Erie, Bethlehem and Western N.Y.; Liturgical Commission: Missouri, Erie, and Bethlehem; Chairman, Dept. of Social Relations: Missouri, Erie, and Bethlehem; Chairman of Christian Education: Missouri, Erie, and Member, Bethlehem.

National Church Ministry: Deputy at eight General Conventions, (Secretary of Prayer Book Committee and Floor Chair for Coalition for the Ordination of Women); Vice President of the Appalachian Peoples' Service Organization; Episcopal Church Board Member of Commission on Religion in Appalachia; Member of Evangelism Task Force of the National Council of the Episcopal Church; Member of the Adult Education Commission of the National Episcopal Church; Staff Member of 16 Group Life Laboratories Nationally and
Internationally; and Founding member of The Episcopal Society for Racial and Cultural Unity.

A few other positions: Mentor for a Native American Candidate for Holy Orders (Canon 9); Vicar of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at the Chautauqua Institution; Trustee of the University of the South; Board Member of the Pennsylvania State University; Trustee of the Swain School of Allentown. 

After retirement he served several churches as interim rector and moved to Chautauqua, New York, with his first wife, Sarah Jane Mark, who preceded him in death in 1999.

His survivors include his widow, the Rev. Dr. Patricia Dwyer-MacMillan, rector of St. Mary's Wind Gap and St. Joseph's Pen Argyl, his daughter, the Rev. Elizabeth Miller, deacon at Trinity Bethlehem, and two sons, Dr. Alexander Malcolm MacMillan Jr. of Boston and the Rev. J. David MacMillan of Washington D.C.

Find the obituary here.

Find MAC, a poem upon his death, by Mother Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril.

Find Mother Laura Howell's sermon here.


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