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Lillian Hunt Trasher (27 September 1887–17 December 1961) was a Christian missionary to Assiout, Egypt, as well as the founder of the first orphanage in Egypt, famed as the “Nile Mother” of Egypt. Trasher was born in Florida, and grew up in Georgia. She followed Roman Catholicism as a young girl. In her teens, through Bible… Read More ›


The early Roman lists of martyrs commemorate Lucy, virgin and martyr, on 13 December, and her name, with that of Agatha, appears in the Roman Liturgy as an example of those who have gone before us, in whose company we join in giving thanks and praise to God. Aside from this, little is known of… Read More ›

Story of an Irish Catholic In The Episcopal Church

I am Irish Catholic. That is not just a religion: it is an ethnicity. My ancestors fought to practice their religion, were persecuted for it, starved because of it, were tortured, rendered second-class citizens, and mocked because of it. My father’s family instilled a deep sense of pride and ritual around our Irish Catholicism. We… Read More ›

Simply because! Perspective on Stewardship

When I think of my spirituality, this story comes to mind.  My mother was at a vacation Bible school in Buffalo, New York, in the Presbyterian church I grew up in.  The theme one evening was Noah’s Ark.  Workers from the Buffalo Zoo came and brought endangered species. My mother called me when it was… Read More ›


Vida Dutton Scudder (December 15, 1861- October 9, 1954), educator, activist and founder of the Episcopal Church Socialist League was born to Congregationalist missionaries in India. In the 1870s, Vida and her mother were confirmed as Episcopalians by Phillips Brooks. After studying English literature at Smith College and Oxford University, Scudder began teaching at Wellesley College…. Read More ›

St. Francis of Assisi

Francis was born in 1182, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. His early years were frivolous, but an experience of sickness and another of military service were instrumental in leading him to reflect on the purpose of life. One day, in the church of San Damiano, he seemed to hear Christ saying to him,… Read More ›


A 1987 motion picture, “The Big Easy” (a nickname for the city of New Orleans), and a current (1996) television series of the same name based on it, have as the male lead a Cajun police detective named Remy McSwaine. In the first episode of the series (I am not sure of the film) we… Read More ›

St. Matthew: Apostle and Evangelist

One day Jesus was walking and saw a tax collector named Matthew sitting at a tax collection post, and said to him, “Follow me.” And Matthew stood up and followed Him, and became one of His twelve apostles. (See M 9:9-13 = P 2:13-17 = L 5:27-32) Tax collectors in those days were social outcasts…. Read More ›

Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

When the pagan Anglo-Saxons invaded England, they drove the native Celtic inhabitants north into Scotland and west into Ireland, Wales, and Cornwall. The Anglo-Saxons were subsequently converted to Christianity by Celtic missionaries from the north and west, and Roman and Gallic missionaries from the south and east. As a result, they ended up with two… Read More ›

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