Photo: Bishop Santosh Marray accepts Our Lady of the Atonement statute as part of the Fr. Paul Wattson virtual shrine in Massey, MD.

During a celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Friars honored the hometown of Servant of God Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, with a gift of a statue of Our Lady of the Atonement.

Each year, St. Clements Episcopal Church celebrates the Week of Prayer, with a particular emphasis on Fr. Paul’s legacy. Pastor Mark Hansen, MDiv, PhD has a devotion to Fr. Paul and was one of the people who provided testimony for Fr. Paul’s Cause to the NY Archdiocese Cause Committee during his canonization process.

With Rt. Reverend Santosh K. Marry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, Maryland, Pastor Mark hosted a celebration and renewal of Baptismal vows and reception of the Eucharist. Parishioners and guests then gathered for a reception and presentation of a gift to St. Clements from the Friars.

Fr. Paul was baptized at St. Clements and it is home to a virtual shrine to his legacy. The shrine includes a lamp that is perpetually lit in remembrance of Fr. Paul’s Cause for Canonization.

The message of Christian Unity is alive and well in the birthplace of
Fr. Paul. The devotion to Christian unity at St. Clements is just one of many examples of the charism for Christian unity at work, encouraging discourse among all faiths to lead to better understanding and peace.