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.

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Francisco Pease

Francisco Pease died peacefully on September 2, at 4:00 a.m. He had been on life-support for over a week. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Montrose on Saturday, September 6, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service at a luncheon reception, hosted by the Women of St. Paul's, in the parish house.

Francisco was the teenage grandson of The Rev. Henry Pease who died March 13 of this year. Many remember Henry's courageous trip to Ecuador in 2000 to rescue his three grandsons, then ages 3, 5 and 8. He took them into his Saddle Lake home, near Tunkhannock, where he had been living alone, legally adopted them to be his sons, and cared for them until his death eight years later. An April 2002 Diocesan Life story about the rescue may be downloaded here.

Find the obituary here.

Loving God, we stand before you in pain and sadness. Hear the cry of our hearts for the pain of our loss. Be with us as we struggle with the mysteries of life and death. In our pain, bring your comfort. In our sorrow, bring your hope  and your promise of new life. Receive Francisco in the arms of your mercy, to live in your gracious and eternal love. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Murder in a church backyard

Murder in a church backyard
‘No matter how close the darkness comes, we will never sell out’

By Bill Lewellis

[A young man was murdered behind Grace Allentown on August 10. It was Allentown's 13th homicide this year. Two Sundays later, parishioners of Grace processed to the spot of the killing to read God’s word and to recommit themselves to holding out a corner of grace in a troubled neighborhood. Read a news release composed by the senior warden, an op by the rector, published in The Morning Call, the sermon preached by the rector, and the Aug. 25 news story in The Morning Call. Below is a story on the service and Grace Church in context.]

Jameel Clark, 20, predicted he would die. Two days before his prediction came true, he fought with Roman, a Latin Kings gang member, in a center city diner in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Roman told his friend, Melvin Velazquez, 18, known as Trigger.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, August 10, Clark went to a house behind Grace Episcopal Church to try to straighten things out peacefully, according to friends who warned him not to go there because friends of Roman might be nearby and might cause trouble. Clark was more concerned that trouble might find him when he was with his one-year-old daughter.

A witness said Clark and Velazquez fought outside the home. Clark ripped a black-and-yellow bead necklace, a Latin King symbol, off Velazquez’s neck. Velazquez pulled a handgun and shot Clark several times on a bleak, macadam parking lot.

Last Sunday, two readers proclaimed a version of this responsively, at the spot where Clark had been gunned down, the lot where Grace Church builds an Easter fire to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The people of Grace Church processed to the spot where the killing took place “in an endeavor to stand in solidarity with the good people of their neighborhood,” according to Grace Church senior warden Libby House, “and to pray for Jameel and others who have died violently in this city, to read God’s word and to recommit themselves to holding out a corner of grace in a troubled neighborhood.”

The killing was the 13th homicide in Allentown this year.

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Father Ron Molrine

By Michael Piovane

This is a story about my first encounter with Fr. Ron after becoming an Episcopalian. It was 20 years ago that Rita and I first worshipped at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. We had been married over a year, just built a home in Macungie, and were looking for an Episcopal church closer to us so that we could become active in the parish.

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Ronald C. Molrine

MolrineronFather Ron Molrine, 77, died on June 5. Please keep Ron's wife, Char, and their children in your prayers. Father Molrine was a faithful and effective priest in this diocese, serving with distinction at St. Anne's Trexlertown for 21 years until his retirement in 1996. He was the vicar who diligently and faithfully worked with many dedicated parishioners to make the transition from the Grange Hall to the current edifice a reality. He began as vicar in 1975 when the church worshipped at the Grange Hall in Trexlertown. and became the church's first rector in 1984. A memorial Eucharist will be celebrated at St. Anne's on Wednesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m.

The obituary and a poem by Mother Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril are posted below.

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Sermon at Memorial Service for Henry Pease

Sermon in Loving Memory of the Rev. Henry J. Pease
Given at the Requiem Eucharist
April 19, 2008 in St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre
By the Ven. Richard I. Cluett

[More on Father Pease here]

Precious in the sight of God is the death of his saints. Precious, too, is the life of that saint. Beloved Henry J. Pease is such a one.

What calls to mind a beloved person? When you think about this man, what is it that comes to mind? The life and the death of Henry J. Pease have brought us to this day and to this service. I know some call him Mr. Pease, and that is an honorific, befitting this man. MR. Pease. Others of us know him as Father Pease, or Professor Pease, or Dad or Grampa, or simply as friend, colleague, or neighbor, Henry.

But now that we are here, what comes to mind – what comes to your mind – such a man whose life and death has brought us all here this day? Each of has had our own experience with this extraordinary ordinary man. So what is it for you?

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The Rev. Henry J. Pease -- Into your hands, O Lord, we commend our brother, Henry

Memorial Service: Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre.

Peasehenry_2 The Rev. Henry J. Pease, 75, died during the early morning hours of March 13. He served as rector of Historic St. Paul’s Church, Montrose, Susquehanna County, for 26 years (1972-98). In retirement, he served as priest-in-charge of St George’s Church, Nanticoke, near Wilkes-Barre, for eight years.

Ordained a priest in 1965, Father Pease served as an assistant at St. Stephen's Church, Wilkes-Barre, for six years before being called to serve as rector in Montrose. Prior to seminary and ordination, he worked at Dun and Bradstreet (Richmond District) and as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Inn Philadelphia.

Pease_children2During a courageous journey into Ecuador in 2000, he rescued three boys, ages 3, 5 and 8, whom he raised in his Saddle Lake home near Tunkhannock, where he had been living alone, and legally adopted them to be his sons. [An April 2002 Diocesan Life story, Journey into Danger, may be downloaded here.]

He was also an adjunct professor of economics at Kings College and Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, since 1966.

[Download He Knew Jesus, a poem for Henry by Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril]
Download pease.He Knew Jesus.pdf

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Victoria Lala Leach

Victoria Lala Leach, 88, died Friday, November 2, 2007, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. Born April 8, 1919, in Punta Arenas, Chile, she was educated in Chile and in England. During World War II, she worked for the British Navy and British Security Coordination in  Valparaiso, Chile. She married Edward P. Leach, a mining engineer working in Chile for Bethlehem Steel Corp. They came to the United States in 1954 where her husband continued his career with Bethlehem Steel, and Lala raised seven children. She proudly became a United States citizen in 1979.


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Jean Snyder

"Jean was one of the best," Scott Allen wrote on February 2, the day Jean died. "She was always there on many fronts -- as a Spiritual Companion, a Social Justice Advocate and indomitable friend. A more loyal and caring friend one cold not hope for. She was always there for me throughout my 18-year friendship with Jean... Her picnics for the Jubilee Committee in Zion Grove in the 90's when they had goats and ol 'Toge' their faithful big dog were great -- especially when the local fire company came to fill their above-ground pool. She was always offering hospitality on the physical as well as the psychological level. And she was not shy about sharing her opinions too. A mother in the best sense of the word, she raised her own children and gathered others in need of one. The sadness I feel is only assuaged by the knowledge that she is with the Lord she loved and served and will be waiting for the rest of us with a wonderful smile, twinkling (and somewhat mischievous) blue eyes and arms outstretched for one of her big hugs."

Jean and Eric (The Rev. Eric Snyder) were married for 54 years. Find her obituary here. Download Rick Cluett's sermon below.

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