Sunday, August 25, 2013

Retired bishop brings personal and Anglican history to Rapid City

From South Dakota-

Bishop Frank Gray is down to just one remaining copy of "For Thou Art With Me: Interned in the Philippines," the self-published memoir that chronicles his family's three years in a Japanese concentration camp in the Philippines during World War II.

And after three months of filling in at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Rapid City, he plans to leave it as a farewell gift to his adopted congregation.

"We've loved the community and are happy to experience this beautiful part of the country," Gray said recently of his summer filling in as rector at St. Andrew's for the Rev. Kathy Monson Lutes, who was awarded a $50,000 Lilly Foundation travel sabbatical.

He and his wife, Karen, have been in Rapid City since June and have been visited at various times during their stay by their three children and eight grandchildren.

Gray, 73, retired from his post as bishop for the Diocese of Northern Indiana in 2006. As the author of two books of poetry, and who is currently at work on a chapbook of poems relating to Psalm 139 ("O Lord, you have searched me and known me ..."), he also published the family memoir in 2010.

Gray was just 2 years old when his family went into the camp, and 5 when they and the other 600 prisoners were liberated by U.S. forces. 

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