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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Many years ago it was not uncommon to determine what day of the week it was by the person who knocked on our doors, or shouted from the streets that …

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Quintessential Quinciensis By The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s in Western Pennsylvania meant learning how to pronounce peoples’ last names.  Virtually every nationality was represented with multiple languages being spoken and ethnic …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC It has been said that we live in a world that has shifted dramatically from people learning to respect people in authority, to now putting all people in authority in …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Several years ago, I was blessed to speak to a gathering of former Episcopalians who had entered another Jurisdiction. For several days in between my Addresses I listened carefully to …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC I once dealt with a parish that was in that unusual category entitled a “Priest Killer” parish. I think the people of the parish wanted the best priest they could …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC When I was the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy, I loved my Visitations. That meant that I went to each church in the Diocese twice a year: the …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC In the late 1950’s my Dad told me to go over to a man who had scared me for years. “Old Rube” was a drunk. He sat next to the …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Having been brought up in an environment where the Clergy were seen as an integral part of the community, especially in times of need, I’m amazed at how this seems …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Since moving from the Biretta Belt to the Bible Belt, I have had to make a few adjustments. One humorous one is that many wear a necklace with the State …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Boredom has been elevated to a new justification for not doing something.  For example,  some people do not want to visit residents of Nursing Homes (except at holidays or when …

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