Archive for the ‘Dorothea Dix’ Tag

Feast of Cornelia Hancock (February 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Brandy Station, Virginia, December 1863-April 1864

Photographer = James Gardner

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-cwpb-03963

Cornelia Hancock stands in front a tent on the right.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

CORNELIA HANCOCK (FEBRUARY 8, 1840-DECEMBER 31, 1927)

U.S. Quaker Nurse, Educator, and Humanitarian

“Florence Nightingale of North America”

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I am this moment talking to the most silly kind of Christian.  He wishes to know if I have “experienced Religion.”

–Cornelia Hancock

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Cornelia Hancock lived, not experienced, her religion.

Hancock comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via G. Scott Cady and Christopher L. Webber, A Year with American Saints (2006).

Hancock, born in Hancock’s Bridge, New Jersey, on February 8, 1840, was a devout Quaker.  Some of her male relatives, despite being Quakers, joined the U.S. Army during the Civil War.  Our saint, without any training as a nurse, volunteered for duty as a nurse in the U.S. Army.  Dorothea Dix rejected Hancock for being too young and beautiful.  Youth, inexperience, and beauty did not prevent our saint from arriving at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 6, 1863, a few days after the conclusion of the great battle there.  Hancock served as a nurse for the rest of the war.  She preferred to serve in field hospitals, which she usually did.  Hancock also objected to people calling escaped slaves contraband.

Hancock devoted most of her life to serving God in the “least of these.”  After the Civil War, she founded the Laing School (for African Americans) in Pleasantville, South Carolina.  In 1878, our saint helped to found the Philadelphia Society for Organizing Charitable Relief and Repressing Mendiancy, later renamed Family Service of Philadelphia.  Hancock, who served on the board of the Children’s Aid Society from 1883 to 1895, retired to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1914.  She died there, aged 87 years, on December 31, 1927.

One of the greatest lessons from the Bible is that God does not call the qualified.  No, God qualifies the called.

What has God qualified you, O reader, to do for others?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PAPHNUTIUS THE GREAT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF UPPER THEBAID

THE FEAST OF ANNE HOULDITCH, ANGLICAN NOVELIST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOHN STAINER AND WALTER GALPIN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN CHURCH ORGANISTS AND COMPOSERS

THE FEAST OF SAINT PATIENS OF LYONS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Almighty God, whose prophets taught us righteousness in the care of your poor:

By the guidance of your Holy Spirit, grant that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in your sight;

through Jesus Christ, our Judge and Redeemer, who lives and reigns

with you and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Isaiah 55:11-56:1

Psalm 2:1-2, 10-12

Acts 14:14-17, 21-23

Mark 4:21-29

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 736

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++