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St. Stephen’s Middlebury Invests in Final Resting Places

MIDDLEBURY, VT – Last spring, the diocesan Grants and Loans Committee awarded St. Stephen’s, Middlebury a $13,000 grant to help offset the costs of a new columbarium and remodeling the chapel in which it is housed. The compartmentalized structure for interring the ashes of the deceased, has now been installed, and St. Stephen’s has made the spaces available to all, regardless of religious affiliation.

As reported by John Flowers in The Addison Independent, “St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is marketing space within its historic building in an effort to raise money for sorely need repairs. The future tenants won’t take up much room….placed in one of 286 separate niches in a new columbarium recently installed in the chapel of the wonderfully inviting church on the town green that for the past 192 years has served as a spiritual hub for generations of Middlebury area residents.” Read the complete story in The Additon Indepenedent.

In the featured image above, Junior Warden Tom Klemmer stands next to the new columbarium. Independent photo/John Flowers

Bishop Ely, pictured at the altar with clergy members of the Interim Ministry Team, celebrates the Eucharist at St. Stephens during his visitation on April 7. Episcopal Church in Vermont photo/Lynn Bates

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