May they rest in peace and rise in glory: Honoring Cornelia Keller and Roger Gentile, Priest

The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library received word today of the passing of Cornelia Keller, sister of our generous benefactor, the Rt. Rev. Christoph Keller, Jr.  Ms. Keller passed on January 16, 2013; the funeral was held in Virginia on January 26, and you can read about her life and ministry in this obituary. We continue to be grateful to the Keller family for their generosity and love for the General Theological Seminary, and we hold them in prayer as they cope with their loss.

Also over the winter break, we received word of the passing of friend and priest Roger M.C. Gentile, a GTS graduate who had worked here at the seminary and at many area parishes within the Diocese of New York. You can read Dean Malloy’s notice of his passing here. A Vigil will be held at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in Manhattan on Friday, February 8 from 5 until 7 pm. This time to visit and pray with Father Gentile’s family will conclude at 7 P.M. with Vespers of the Dead. Rt Rev’d Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York, will celebrate Father Gentile’s funeral Mass on Saturday, February 9 .

May they rest in peace and rise in glory!

One Response to May they rest in peace and rise in glory: Honoring Cornelia Keller and Roger Gentile, Priest

  1. Please note that Roger’s funeral has been postponed due to the pending storm. Here’s the word from Father Blume:
    Due to the forecast for severe winter weather over the next few
    days, and in consultation with the Bishop and Father Gentile’s family, we have decided to postpone Father Gentile’s Requiem a week.
    Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass will now be sung for the repose of Father Gentile’s soul on Saturday, 16 February 2013, at 2 PM at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch. The Rt Rev’d Andrew M. L. Dietsche will celebrate and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the mass. Clergy are welcome to vest in choir dress and process.
    A Vigil will be held at Saint Ignatius on the preceding evening, Friday, 15 February from 5:00 to 6:30 PM and will conclude with our scheduled Friday Lenten liturgy of Stations of the Cross and Benediction.
    May Roger’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

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