Annual Meeting of The Laymen's Club, May 19, 2013
The 2013 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Cathedral House at 1pm. A luncheon will be provided. We are very pleased that our guest speaker will be The Reverend Julia E. Whitworth (pictured right at Blessing of the Bicycles, April 20), Minister for Liturgy and Arts at our cathedral.
As always, the meeting will be preceded by our Corporate Communion at the 11 a.m. Liturgy. At the time of communion, members are invited to gather in the Crossing Aisle so that we may make our procession to the altar and receive communion together. We invite you to wear your Anglican Compass Rose blazer crest.
We have had a busy year with the Book Launch of Strangers and Pilgrims: A Centennial History of the Laymen's Club of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Francis J. Sypher in June, a visit to the the Roosevelt National Historic Sites in September, our Annual Memorial Service, All Saints Supper, Canon West Lecture in November, and co-hosting with The Church Club of New York our St Nicholas Celebration in December. In February, we visited the New York Historical Library to view Antoinette Hervey's photos that recorded the cathedral being built. We hope you will attend this meeting to hear about what is in the works for next year.
Visit to the New York Historical Society Feb 23
Members of the Laymen's Club visited the New York Historical Society Museum and Library on Saturday February 23. We took the "Highlights of the Permanent Collection Tour", a viewing of the photo collection "The Word in Stone: The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine" donated by Antoinette B. Hervey from the Clarence H. White School of Photography. Afterwards, we enjoyed fellowship and a box lunch, before departing.
Saint Nicholas Celebration
On Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 we held our Saint Nicholas Celebration in coordination
with The Church Club of New York.
We began with a tour of the Baptistry at 5pm in the Cathedral, led by Cathedral tour guide John Simkin.
Then we gathered to hear hagiographer Robert Ellsberg who edited All the Way to Heaven:
The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day, a collection of the selected letters of Dorothy Day,
cofounder of the Catholic Worker, American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert.
It is available on
Annual Memorial Service, All Saints Supper, and the Canon West Lecture
On Monday evening, November 12, 2012 we gathered to remember those members of The Laymen's Club who have died in the past year, as well as those other good and faithful souls who have served our Cathedral. The Memorial Service was held in St. Martin's Chapel. The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota, Canon Pastor and Vicar officiated.
Our All Saints Supper followed in Cathedral House. For the Canon West Lecture this year, we were honored to welcome John Shannon, Executive Director and Almoner of the St. George's Society of New York who spoke about "Canon West and the Heraldry in the Episcopal Church". He knew Canon West in his early days in New York after college.
(right: Canon Edward Nason West, 1910-1990)
Book Launch: Strangers and Pilgrims
It was a great day, Sunday, June 24th, 2012! Approximately 75 people came to the Book Launch of our new publication, Strangers & Pilgrims: A Centennial History of The Laymen’s Club of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and we sold 45 copies.
Our book is now being distributed by: Academic Resources Corporation (publisher of Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, and Caravan Books); order by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (480) 575-9945 or by postal mail: PO Box 5934, Carefree AZ 85377. It is also listed on amazon.com.