The Rev. Alexander C. Zabriskie
The Rev. Alexander “Sandie” Zabriskie died Monday, March 4th. He served as rector of Trinity, Bethlehem from 1969 to 1984. A service will be held on Saturday March 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel at Fairhaven in Sykesville, MD.
Our condolences to his wife Marguerite Zabriskie, and to all who mourn his death.
He was honored here at Trinity on March 30, 1984 as this article from
The Morning Call
indicates: "Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem commemorated 15 years of pastoral service by the Rev. Alexander C. Zabriskie with a dinner and ceremonies last night.
About 175 people gathered in the church's parish hall, and after the dinner Dolores Caskey and the Rev. James Finnegan spoke and the church choir sang. The next assignment for Rev. Zabriskie, who will step down from his pastorate, has not been announced.
Dr. Edwin Schatkowski was dinner chairman and Richard Jones was master of ceremonies."
Our own parish history contains a passage recalling his tenure as Rector: "As it was across the Episcopal Church as a whole during the 1970s, changes in leadership swept through Trinity during that time as well. The rector who followed Dr. Moore, the Rev. Alexander C. Zabriskie, instituted the current system of electing term-limited vestry members from the congregation at large.
Lay-led initiatives in social service programs and ministries grew especially strong and were zealously supported by the Rector. Trinity began monthly Sunday dinners for those without families, sponsored Vietnamese refugees, and started a ministry in Bethlehem’s Northeast public housing area. In the winter of 1982, Trinity opened a soup kitchen on the streets of Bethlehem, serving hot soup and bread to the needy from the back of a station wagon.
Notably, women were no longer relegated to supporting roles. They began to take on increasing responsibility for the Christian formation and outreach programs. Some of the first women ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Bethlehem, including the Rev. Joan Shelton and Canon Jane Teter, were raised up by Trinity as well."