Four Chaplain's Day Celebration
February 6, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan's University Chapel Hour and Special Events
and Services will present a Four Chaplain's Day Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at
11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington). The service is free and
open to the public.
The story of the four chaplains is celebrated every year in the beginning of February
to honor Rabbi Alexander Goode, Rev. Clark V. Poling, Father John P. Washington and
Rev. George L. Fox, an IWU alum. The four military chaplains gave their lives in
World War II while serving on the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, a military transport ship traveling
from New York to Greenland, when on February 3, 1943, the ship was hit by torpedoes.
Offering everything they had, including their own life preservers, the chaplains led
the frightened and chaotic soldiers to safety. They prayed, sang and encouraged those
around them even into their final minutes, with one survivor remembering, "It was
the finest thing I have ever seen this side of heaven."
Rev. Howard Bruce Bowlin, rector of the St. Matthew's Episcopal church in Bloomington,
is organizing the event. He has a master of divinity degree from The Protestant Episcopal
Seminary in Alexandria, Va. and served in the Marine Corps for over 20 years as head
of the music staff of the US Marine Corps Band.
For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at (309) 556- 3111.
Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181