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“Honoring Our Greatest Generation”
By The Rev’d Shanon W. Cotta

As we approach Veterans Day, I wanted to share a brief reflection on World War II veterans at the Togus Anglican Chapel in Maine. At least sixteen million veterans in the United States served in WWII, the Veterans Administration estimates only about 1 million veterans remain as symbols of the love of country and honor.

It is an unbelievable privilege and blessing to serve our elderly veteran population at Togus Anglican Chapel. The ministry serves a nondenominational Protestant community and many have never received the Eucharist. Some veterans are deeply moved when receiving communion. Sadly, I have noticed that our beloved elderly population, specifically the WWII and Korean War Veterans, have only a short time with us before they pass.

“Departing Heroes”: Some of the veterans of Togus Anglican Chapel depart after the Eucharist service in Augusta, Maine. One veteran in the photo served on the USS Nevada in Pearl Harbor during World War II.

“Departing Heroes”: Some of the veterans of Togus Anglican Chapel depart after the Eucharist service in Augusta, Maine. One veteran in the photo served on the USS Nevada in Pearl Harbor during World War II.

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1449225_profile_picOn Friday, October 31, Bishop William Murdoch’s mother, Helen Marie Connors Murdoch, went to be with the Lord. Her obituary and memorial details are found below.

Her Life Legacy

Helen Marie Connors Murdoch of North Andover, MA, passed from this life on Friday, October 31, 2014 surrounded by her large family, rich in love. She was 90 years old.

Helen was born on June 7, 1924, the third of eight children of Patrick and Catherine Connors in Lynn, MA. Her siblings were William Connors, Raymond Connors, Jim Connors, Frank Connors, Gene Connors, Jack Connors and Patsy LaPlante.

The Connors family moved to West Peabody in the early 1930s and Helen was a graduate of Peabody High School class of 1942.

In November 1947, she married Urban J. Murdoch of Napan, New Brunswick, Canada and settled on Connors Road in West Peabody where they raised seven children: Rt. Rev. William (Sally) Murdoch, Kate (Tom) Newcomb, Kevin (Gail) Murdoch, Fr. Brian Murdoch, Donna Murdoch, Karen Murdoch-Lahey and Maureen (Christopher) Smith. (more…)

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