Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Two parishioners lost

This week we lost two parishioners.

Dwight Watkins, who came to us in the last few years, passed away on Thursday at Beaumont Hospital. He had had cardiac bypass surgery back in Lent, and after a stint in cardiac rehab, returned home for a brief period of time. He was hospitalized for a week before dying. His burial will be May 23rd.

Our second parishioner to leave didn't die. He as moved. Morley Stevenson, a long-time parishioner, frequent vestrymember, and parish architect, called this morning to tell me that he was beginning his new job in North Carolina. The economy here in Michigan is not great, and he had several opportunities out of state. He starts tomorrow, and his wife will join him once their youngest begins college in the Fall.

Rest Eternal Grant unto your servant Dwight, O Lord.
And protect Morley as he begins his new job in North Carolina.

Morley's children will continue in the area, and so we look forward to Morley's visits.