The Story of Paul Meginnis

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Kay, my late wife, and I moved to Des Moines in January 1969. I was transferred here by the public accounting firm of Peat, Marwick Mitchell for a position in the local office’s tax department. Kay and I attended services during that January at St. Tim’s, St. Andrew’s, St...

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The Story of John Wetherell

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In 1940 or about, I was urged by my mother to attend church at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. At that time, the rector was Father Kennan, who lived in the rectory at Grand Avenue and 42nd Street with his family and son “Pinky”.  Pinky and I were childhood chums. I sang in...

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The Story of Jolene Phelps

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My first visit to St. Paul’s was during summer when churches are notoriously bare.  However, St. Paul’s was moderately full and billed as a Cathedral.  When I travel, I try to visit cathedrals simply because the music is often transcendent and reminds me of the creative...

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The Story of Walter S. Wilson

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I started attending St. Paul’s Church at age 4 with my father, also named Walter W. Wilson, and two sisters. My mother had passed away when I was age 2 ½. Our godparents introduced us to St. Paul’s. My sister used to ride to church with Father Gordon Smith. She would walk to...

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The Story of Jo Sloan

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In 1972, my husband Chet and I moved to Des Moines from Fort Madison, Ia. We were accompanied by our two daughters and three dogs. Upon arrival, we had two important goals to accomplish: First -- to fence the backyard to contain our three Schnauzers, and second— to find our Episcopal...

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The Story of Nanette Johnson

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I grew up in a religious (Baptist) family.  I had a variety of church experiences, a lot of religious knowledge, and a longing for a meaningful spiritual connection.  But I’d never found a satisfactory “church home” – either in the big sense or in a local...

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The Story of Fr. Troy Beecham

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When I was first approached by the Diocese of Iowa about submitting my name for consideration in the appointment of a new dean, I at first said "no". Not just "no", but "No!" I thought that I had discerned a call to leave parish ministry and to enter monastic life. After my time at the...

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The Story of Harold Alexander

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After years of being unsettled, I moved to Des Moines and have now been in one place for five years. I joined St. Paul’s Cathedral in the summer of 2013, and I’m very happy I did.I have experienced some wonderful and challenging moments with the people of the Cathedral parish. This...

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The Story of Diane Hayes

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My relationship with St. Paul's has been quite literally "on-off-on." I grew up in the Methodist church, baptized just up the street at First Methodist. We attended Collegiate Methodist in Ames, and then Aldersgate in Urbandale when we moved back to my father's native Des Moines. During my...

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