Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Visitors and opinions sought

Come and GrowThe Episcopal Church is trying to improve its online presence. They are asking for a variety of people to visit the Visitor's Center portion of the website and then fill out a very quick and easy survey. Take a look at the Visitor's Center website here and then take the survey here. It won't take but a few minutes.

One area I found interesting at the Visitor's center was the amazingly thorough An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church. The entry that caught my eye (out of the hundreds there) is the one for:

Cathedral Car
Bishop William D. Walker of North Dakota faced many difficulties in his missionary work. He conceived the idea of a traveling chapel which would carry the church to those outlying places where there were no facilities for services.
the cathedral carIn 1889 he approached friends in the east for money to build a railway chapel. The sixty-foot car was built by the Pullman Palace Car Company at a cost of $3,000. Eighty persons could be seated on portable chairs in the coach. Painted on the car were the words: "The Church of the Advent," and "The Cathedral Car of North Dakota." Bishop Walker sometimes referred to the car as the "Roaming Catholic Cathedral." The Cathedral Car was sold in 1901.
Our own Diocese of Georgia has no Cathderal (or primary church of the diocese) and our Bishop, Henry Louttit, spends his time on the road in his big Ford Expedition with its distinctive tag "Aslan" for the Lion who is the Jesus' character in C.S. Lews' The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I thought that was the cathedral car. I guess one does learn something new every day.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church


  • At 11/17/2012 6:28 PM, Blogger Jerry LaBoda said…

    Just a note to say "Thank You!" for sharing the photos of the Cathedral Car of North Dakota. As a railfan who has an ongoing interest in all forms of passenger cars I try to keep my eyes open for any shots of Chapel cars because they were an important part of early railroad history.


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