The Keller Sacristy will be dedicated on February 8th at 10:00 am. Please join me, my family and friends for this special event.
Jim was passionate about all things church-related, having joined the Episcopal Church, as he would say, “for fun and profit”. He was a paid member of the boys’ choir at St. Michaels in Baltimore. During his young adult years, he was mentored by Fr. John Maddox, SSJE, and that led to his desire for ordination to the priesthood. As often happens, however, life interceded and he was not ordained. But Jim never forgot the lessons or rituals he learned along the way.
One of the things Jim felt we needed at Holy Spirit was a Priest Sacristy—a place where clergy could vest, store their vestments and have a quiet place for spiritual meditation prior to/after a service.
When Jim died after a three-year struggle with leukemia, I knew that neither he nor I would want a lot of flowers at the funeral. In lieu of that, I requested that we start a Jim Keller Memorial Fund. Fr. Phil and I felt that if the funds were sufficient, the most meaningful thing we could do in Jim’s memory would be the building of that longed-for Priest Sacristy. That dream is now fulfilled, for Jim and for his family.
I hope you can join us for the brief dedication service on February 8th. If you have not seen the lovely space created by Gary Scott, Jim West, George Landgraf, Hal Murray, Rex VanVeldhuisen and Rich Southwick, please do stop in to see their wonderful gift of time and talent on Jim’s behalf. The Keller family is most grateful.