Reverend Kempsell holds a newly baptized infant in front of the hand painted mural of The Nicene Creed at The Episcopal Church of St.James the Less. This photo was taken during the early 1950’s.
My father, I’m honored to say. Martha
You should be proud indeed. Your father was a great person. Though not a communicant of his church, I participated in St. James the Less’ York Nativity Play in 1959 and 1960 (as Herod, grrrr!), as did, btw, Raymond St. Jaques (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_St._Jacques), “the first black actor to appear in a regular role on a western series, playing Simon Blake on Rawhide,” and Jill Scully (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gillian_Spencer), later a prominent soap opera star, writer, and producer. I remember Jill, a Roman Catholic, saying, “I wish my church could have priests like Father Kempsell.”
I know about your father’s enlightened stand mentioned on the Scarsdale, New York, page of Wikipedia, but I’d love to have any other information on him.
With best wishes.
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