Bishop Arthur Crawshay Alliston Hall, SSJE

Bishop Arthur Crawshay Alliston Hall, the retired Bishop of Vermont and former  member of our Society, died on 26 February 1930 at Burlington, Vermont in the eighty-third year of his life and the fifty-third year of his religious profession.

Born in Berkshire, England in 1847, where his father was an officer in the British Army, Bishop Hall was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. Just before his graduation in 1869 he became a postulant in our community. He remained a novice for eight years until July 1877, three months after his thirtieth birthday, which in those days was the minimum age for profession in our Society. Father Hall went to the United States in 1873 to assist at the Church of the Advent, Boston (now the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Bowdoin Street). He went on to serve as the novice master at the house we then had at Bridgeport, Connecticut. He also served as priest-in-charge of St. John’s, Bowdoin Street. In 1882 he served, together with Father Sheppard as a missionary in British Columbia during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1885. A friend of Phillips Brooks, Hall was recalled to England in 1891 after Brooks’ election as Bishop of Massachusetts. Because of accusations of Unitarianism against Brooks, it was feared that Halls association with him would imply the Society’s approval of Brooks’ theology and of his election to the episcopate. In 1893, while still in England word was received of Father Hall’s election to the episcopate for the Diocese of Vermont. He applied for release from his obligations to the Society in order that he might accept the election. With the permission granted he returned to the United States and was consecrated the second Bishop of Vermont on the Feast of the Purification, 1894. For the next thirty-six years he ministered tirelessly to his diocese and many outside of it. Although no longer a member of our Society, Bishop Hall chose to continue living the discipline of a Religious and never sought release from his vows. He used his gifts of spiritual discernment to lead his clergy and people. Bishop Hall died having outlived two co-adjutors elected to succeed him. He is buried in Rock Point Cemetery at Burlington, Vermont.


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