Feast of Sidney Lovett (April 4)   Leave a comment

Above:  Marquand Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2011

Photographer = Carol M. Highsmith

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-highsm-19266

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AUGUSTUS SIDNEY LOVETT (JANUARY 30, 1890-APRIL 3, 1979)

U.S. Congregationalist Minister and Chaplain of Yale University

(Augustus) Sidney Lovett, otherwise known as “Uncle Sid,” comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Interpreter’s Bible, Volume VI (1956), for which he wrote the exposition on Amos.

Most of Lovett’s life revolved around God and Yale University.  Our saint, born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 30, 1890, broke with family tradition.  He attended Yale, not Harvard.  Lovett, after graduating in 1913, matriculated at Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, from  which he graduated in 1917.  Lovett, pastor of Maverick Congregational Church, East Boston, Massachusetts (1917-1919), transferred to Mount Vernon Congregational Church (now federated with Old South Church, Boston), Boston (1919-1932).  He took a year off (1927-1928) to study at Oxford University.

Lovett was the second University Chaplain at Yale, serving from 1932 to 1958.  When our saint became the chaplain Yale University offered just one course in religion on the undergraduate level.  He reinvigorated the course (which had only three students when he started), increased the number of undergraduate religion courses, and grew the enrollment in undergraduate religion courses to three hundred in 1954.  Lovett also supported the establishment of a counseling program for Jewish students in 1933.  This program grew into the Yale University branch of Hillel.  Furthermore, Lovett helped to found the National Association of College and University Chaplains in 1948.

Lovett remained active after leaving the chaplaincy of Yale University.  In 1959 he became the Executive Vice President of the Yale-in-China program.  He spent a year in Hong Kong, where he served as the representative at New Asia College.  In retirement, in New Haven, our saint was active in the Yale Alumni Fund, the New Haven United Fund, and the New Haven Council on Equal Opportunity.  He also continued to participate in religious life in New Haven and Yale University.

Lovett, aged 89 years, died in New Haven on April 3, 1979.  His wife, Esther Parker (1887-1980), whom he wed in 1922, survived him.  So did their two children.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 5, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE MARTYRS OF JAPAN, 1597-1639

THE FEAST OF SAINT AVITUS OF VIENNE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINTS JAMES NICHOLAS JOUBERT AND MARIE ELIZABETH LANGE, FOUNDERS OF THE OBLATE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE

THE FEAST OF SAINT JANE (JOAN) OF VALOIS, COFOUNDER OF THE SISTERS OF THE ANNUNCIATION

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PHILEAS AND PHILOROUMUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC WRITERS, 304

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O God, you have endowed us with memory, reason, and skill.

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [Augustus Sidney Lovett and all others]

who have dedicated their lives to you and to the intellectual pursuits.

May we, like them, respect your gift of intelligence fully and to your glory.

In the Name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 103

Philippians 4:8-9

Mark 12:28-34

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

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THE FEAST OF EDMUND KING, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

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