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Memphis “Luther 500” Episcopal/Lutheran Commemoration

A Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation service was hosted at Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday evening, Oct. 29, in which all of the Memphis area Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations participated: Epiphany Lutheran, Germantown; Living Word Lutheran, Arlington; Peace Lutheran, Memphis; and St. Luke’s Lutheran, Cordova. The Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson (D.Min. 1988), Episcopal Bishop of West Tennessee, was the preacher, and Pastor Cliff Bahlinger, Dean of the ELCA West Tennessee Deanery, presided at the Eucharist. Dr. David Perry Ouzts (D.S.M. 2008) organized the liturgy and combined choirs and served as the organist. Choirs from the annual Memphis Interfaith Thanksgiving Service association were also invited to participate. The liturgy followed the Lutheran format, completed with a Baptism sprinkling rite in the entering procession, and was highlighted by both Episcopal and Lutheran service music settings and robust German chorales as hymns.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation, St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral October 29, 2017

Rev. Sermon delivered by Dr. Carol Worthing (Ph.D. 1994)

Dr. Worthing serves as Adjunct Pastor (ELCA) at the cathedral and is canonically resident in the Pacifica Synod of the ELCA.  To read the full sermon delivered by GTF alumna, Dr. Carol Worthing, please click here.

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GTF Alumnus invested into the rank of Chaplain of Magistral Grace

Rev. Salvatore DiStefano

Roman Catholic Priest

GTF  Ed.D. 2007  Psy.D. 2013

Father Salvatore DiStefano, Chaplain at Oratory Prep School and Deputy Chaplain for the American Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, with the Ecclesial Endorsement of His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark and His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Principal Chaplain of the American Association and the appointment by the Sovereign Council of the Order in Rome, has been invested into the rank of Chaplain of Magistral Grace.

The investiture took place at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on November 3, 2017. The ceremony was presided over by Archbishop Jean Laffitte, Prelate of the Order of Malta. Priests who are invested in the Order of Malta as Chaplains of Magistral Grace are created titular Canons of the Order and are accorded the honorific title of Very Reverend Canon.

The Order of Malta is the oldest order of chivalry in the Roman Catholic Church. Founded in 1099, the Hospitallers, as they were then known, provided both hospitality and defense for pilgrims in Jerusalem. From their earliest days, they have shown particular concern for the welfare of the poor and the sick. The Order’s international headquarters is located in Rome. The Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with over one-hundred countries and is a permanent observer at the United Nations.

Best wishes to Father Sal on his elevation to Chaplain of Magistral Grace and as he continues to serve as School Chaplain at Oratory Prep.

2 Responses to Alumni News

  • I have served as part time Pastor at the Lutheran Episcopal Church of the Savior, Newland, NC, since September. The congregation has been worshipping together for almost 40 years. We use both Episcopal and Lutheran liturgical resources. On October 29 we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. My D.Min. from the Foundation, 1986, was in Ecumenical Studies, and after 50 years service in the Episcopal Church I get a chance to put my learning to practical use.

    • GTF Admin says:

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