Saturday, June 19, 2004

If St. Matthias Episcopal Church's walls could speak, they'd be trilingual

"St. Matthias Episcopal Church in South Nashville has English- and Spanish-speaking congregations. A third, Korean-speaking, congregation will soon worship at the church, possibly by early July."

"Crane will continue to hold services in English at 7:30 a.m. and in Spanish at 1:30 p.m. [Moon Lee, priest of the Korean congregation,] will conduct services in Korean at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m."

"Occasionally, all three congregations will worship together. Previously, a special service conducted by Episcopal Bishop Bertram Herlong in 2001 was conducted in all three languages."

"For Crane, the ultimate goal is to establish a permanent Hispanic congregation in South Nashville. She would like to train members to be leaders in the church and ultimately have a 'totally Hispanic priest.'"

"'I see myself as someone who is laying the foundation,' she said. 'I may not see the fruit.'"

The Tennessean

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