The Story of Laurie Theis

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While living in London, England, in the early ’70s, I became interested in the Anglican Church. The liturgy and music were deeply meaningful to me.On our return to Minneapolis, we joined the Cathedral of St. Mark, where our son was baptized in 1977. Soon after, we moved to Des Moines and...

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The Story of John Doherty

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St. Paul’s was my first faith home. It was a short distance from the trolley line, which had a stop near our house.  Sunday meant getting dressed up for church school and Morning Prayer, with Eucharist once a month.  I joined the acolytes and remained active until college. I was...

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The Story Elvin McDonald

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I grew up in a rural Baptist Church in the Oklahoma Panhandle. My father chaired the deacons and taught the men’s Bible class; my mother taught the women, and Grandmother Mc taught the junior boys, two of whom would become ministers. Their spirits greet me every Sunday at St...

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The Story of Sue Masid Kerss

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I was born in a little village near Damascus, Syria, of Syrian parents. However, my father was a naturalized American citizen, living in Western Nebraska. So my father brought me and my mother to this town on the prairie. So I grew up in Scottsbluff, the eldest of six children. Although my...

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The Story of Robin Heinemann

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As a non-member of St. Paul’s, but as someone who does darken its doorstep from time to time, I just wanted to add my voice to the 25th Anniversary congratulations and share what I see when I come to the Cathedral -- which is more than “just" what actually happens there! For in...

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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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