Allies for Freedom presents

Good Will, Good Works--Trinity Cathedral in San Jose 1861-2014

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Good Will, Good Works, Trinity Cathedral in San Jose 1861 - 2014 exhibition at the Culture Heritage Center of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library links the past with the present missions and ministries of Trinity Cathedral, the oldest active church building in San Jose.

An opening reception will be held on July 2nd from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Culture Heritage Room (5th floor) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, 95112.

The Very Rev. David Bird, Dean and Rector of the Cathedral, will informally discuss the past and present links with San Jose at the event. Paul Archambeault, Church treasurer, will present the restoration status of the historic carillon which was brought to Trinity in San Jose from Troy, New York at the end of the 19th century. The Music Ministry and Trinity Choir, directed by Michael Joyce is well-known throughout Santa Clara County with concerts and events. Outreach Ministry is presented by Karen Gillette.

The worshipping community of La Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and Hope with South Sudan, initiated by South Sudanese Episcopalians in the parish are highlighted. Meals for People who are Homeless volunteers deliver food to shelters in San Jose every two weeks. Many community service and recovery programs find a home at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Inclusion and nurturing of California’s diverse population through establishment of new congregations, called missions—which still flourish—are celebrated. Historic and contemporary photographs and documents chronicle pioneer African Americans in the congregation and clergy in Santa Clara County history. Trinitys music ministry of concerts, liturgical choir, and historic carillon now in restoration resounds to the future.

We have striven to make our mission be a blessing! words of Peter Williams Cassey, ordained into the Episcopal clergy at Trinity in 1866. The mission was quality education for people of color; Cassey established the St. Phillips Mission on S. 4th Street in 1863, during the Civil War. The Mission became St. Phillips Academy in 1866, then expanded to add the Pheonixonian Institute, the first secondary school for African American students in California. Latino and Chinese students as well were accepted. It was affiliated with Trinity Episcopal Church, whose first building was erected in 1863. The congregation was meeting in homes since at least 1861.

Ministries and Missions of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in San Jose are focused in the exhibition, curated by Jean Libby, a retired community college history instructor with a notforprofit local publishing group Allies for Freedom, Multicultural Perspectives.

The exhibition opens June 24, 2014 at the Culture Heritage Center. Good Will, Good Works, Trinity Cathedral in San Jose 1861-2014 will be on display until August 31.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library
150 E. San Fernando St
San Jose, CA
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  1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library
    150 E. San Fernando St, San Jose, CA