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Clergy Appreciation Week celebrated by Hope Civitan Club

By Staff, 02/1/21 4:47 PM

The Hope Civitan Club, along with Civitans worldwide, is observing Clergy Appreciation Week, February 1-7. Hope Mayor Don Still signed a proclamation, designating this week as Clergy Appreciation Week in Hope. The annual observance honors leaders of all faiths for their dedicated service to their local communities.

Civitan clubs have set aside a week in February since 1963 to honor local faith leaders, inspired by the story of four chaplains. On February 3, 1943, a Methodist minister, a Catholic priest, a Reformed minister and a Jewish rabbi all sacrificed their lives in service to others on board the USS Dorchester after it was hit by a torpedo. They gave their own life jackets to other passengers and locked arms in prayer as the ship submerged into the icy waters.

Clergy Appreciation Week is a week of celebration and appreciation for all men and women who, as leaders in their respective ministries, dedicate their lives to the service of others.


Hope Mayor Don Still signs a proclamation declaring the week of February 1-7 “Clergy Appreciation Week” in Hope. At the signing are members of the Hope Civitan Club, which sponsors the annual observance, (from left) Mona Still, Debbie Hall, Twyla Pruden, and Civitan President Eva Morehead.