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Message #24 from Father Liebler, Helen Sturges, Brother Juniper, and Joan Eskell dated October 1977;
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This letter outlines Father Liebler's receipt of an honorary doctorate degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary and his subsequent trip to Wisconsin, the staff's trip to Missouri for an Episcopal meeting, stories and updates from the authors, and the deaths of Father Liebler's wife and an employee from the Mission;
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Message # 24 October. 119.77
Canon H.B.Liebler, D. D.
Helen H. Sturges
Br other Juniper, TSF, ObI.
Joan E. Ewk.l1
HAT ROCK VALLEY RETREAi CENTER
P •. O. Box 5, Monument Valley, Utah
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~Better late than never", they say,
but it ha~ been far too' long since
we sent out our last newsletter~
Not the le~t of our problems has
been the mairing-list, as we are
, t r ying to transfer 2000 names from
, t cards to ad dressograph stencils,
F~-the .. C'ec.c",.,. -the. c...~""'-+"40:.ho'ns 6~ ~£ other- and the job isn't completed yet
:J)oc.tOI"S 6f :O;vtl"'li~j Clot 'f\o..ahoto.h Hovs.t. But on with the Big News ••••• and
we'll let Brother Juniper tell you about t he memor able day at Nashotah House, a Theolo
gi cal Seminary in Wisconsin • • •• • .
Last Spring Father was no t i fied that his seminary would be giving him an honorary
Doctor of Divi nity de qrem at Commencement on May 18. He was graduated from Nashotah
in 1914. We all be gan to make plans f or the event. Brother Juniper lefft first, as
his prep school, Wa-yl and Ac a demy at Be ave r Dam , Wisconsin, was having a reunion,
and he wanted to enjoy vi s i ts with old fr iends. On Monday, May 16, he took a bus
into Milwaukee and went to the airport to me e t Father, Joan and Helen. Had to wait
three hours - forward door of J umbo Je t i n Denver wouldn't open •.. passengers had to
walk up long fl i ght of stairs to r ear doo r ••• ai rline wouldn't t ~ke responsibility
of c arrying Father up ( he' s not s upoosed to cl imb long flight s of stRirs) •.• had to
take later plane. The Rev . ' Curtis Brown and his wi fe Nancy, whose house gue5ts we
were to be, met us i n Milwaukee and dro ve us all to t heir home in the town of NashotRh.
Tuesday was spent at the alumni meet inq and vi s i tin g with old friends. During
the dav more friends and r el Ations of FAt her' s ar rive d, inclu di ng tuJO of his sons
from Florina , Doctors J ohn and Bo b; also grandsun John and his lovely wife Marty
from Not r e Dame. ' The Bro ldns valiently and be autifull y ente r t a ine d' the whole group
at 8 lovel y dinner party th at ni nht. Many frie nds f rnm f ar and ne ar attendedL
Wednesday dawned briqht end cl e ar. An outdoor a lt~r was s et up on the tree-shaded
lawn of the Nashot ah campus. "Michael", t he f amed NAshotah bell, be gan to ring,
and everyo ne hunted f or a seat. The gr aduating cl ass file d in with the dignit aries.
The qr a duates received the i r diplomas 2nd t heir hoorls; then t he de grees were awarded
, e ach pre ceded by a cit at i on in Lati n.
l1!hen Father Liebler wS)lked up t o the Si shoo 0 " Milltlaukee t o get his diploma, the
ent ire congreg ation of several hun dred people came to t heir feet, and the Bishop,
r ecogn iz ing that Father IJJas un able to kneel, SAid g r 8 ci ously ~ "I will stand It.lith
you". And as Father re t urned to his s eat 10ith the other Doctors of D ivi~ity he
received a bi'l ovation . There f olloljled a be aut i ful celeI;Jr8tion of the Holy Euchar
ist, then l unch, th en all went their s e p a r ~ t e ways . Gr an dson John, wi t h his
M~ty, drove his f 8ther, his uncle And hiF grandfathe r to O'H ere a irpor t, whence
they e mp lnned for MiAmi . Jo an drove t o South Bend wit h s nme friends for a brief
vi s i t, t hen r et ur ne rl to so end a fe ul d8 ys Idi th the Bro ,;,'ns in NaShotah. Helen and
Br other r eturned to t he Srot.:lns , vi a ' :~ a u keshR , lLlhe r e t hey vis it e d Father' s first
church. The next day Helen to ok a pl Rne for New Ynrk t o vi qi t her brother, and
Brother Juniper ret urned t o Hat Ro ck.
Jo an r et urned a d:"lY or t l00 l