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80 Years of Faithful Living

by Jeremy Sierra

The Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, Eileen Hope, Marcella Coulthurst, Selvena Mosley, Walter Oerlermans, Eleanor Hill, Shirley Quashie, and the Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee.

Marcella Coulthurst first came to Trinity as a young adult when she was working in Lower Manhattan. That was 62 years ago. 

“I’ve watched Trinity change as I’ve changed,” she said. 

On July 31, New Beginners, Trinity’s senior ministry, recognized six participants who are more than 80 years old, including Coulthurst. 

“If my math is right that’s 480 years of faithful living,” said the Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, Vicar, as she and the Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones recognized each by name.  

Eleanor Hill remembered the exact date she was confirmed at Trinity: April 9, 1966. Eileen Hope first came to Trinity in 1987, and Walter Oerlemans has been part of the community for 30 years.  Shirley Quashie, who was also recognized and is the newest member of the group, joined about a year ago. 

“I love the diversity,” said Selvena Mosley. She is a member of the St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, but she has been participating in New Beginners since 1984. She first visited with her sister and Trinity parishioner, Dolores Osborne. 

“It’s very important to be able to come to a church where there are many different people,” said Mosley. “If you don’t know what the Episcopal Church is supposed to be, come here.”  

They all enjoyed lunch together, as they do every Thursday after the 12:05 Eucharist. This time there was also a celebratory cake. 

Selvena Mosley and Shirley Quashie cut the cake. 

New Beginnings is taking a break for the summer and will start up again in September. In the fall Trinity faces some changes—the replacement of the building at 74 Trinity Place and the beginning of the transition to the 18th rector, the Very Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, after the Rev. Dr. James Cooper’s retirement in February—but everyone seemed to be taking them in stride. 

Eileen Hope, Marcella Coulthurst, and Selvena Mosley

“I was a member of the planning committee when Trinity had chapels,” said Coulthurst, recalling the many ways in which the church has evolved over the years. “We planned to make the chapels independent churches.” St. Paul’s Chapel is the last remaining of the many chapels that used to be part of the parish.  

“There are a lot of changes going on, but that has always been true,” said Coalhurst. “I think that’s what makes Trinity so vibrant.”


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