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Walking Toward 2017
The 200th Anniversary of the Diocese of North Carolina

The Story Goes On

The stories of the Episcopal Church Women
of the Diocese of North Carolina
in the words of those who lived them.

We will tell the stories not because we live for the past but because the past informs the present, and we must be present before we begin, with God’s help, to claim our future.

Look for story tweets every Thursday…


One could tell that her spiritual life was enriched

I want to record my memories of Lillie Fulton and all the years that she played and pumped that little organ. I’m sure others who played the organ on occasion probably had studied music more than Lillie, but none that I heard enjoyed that contribution to the life of Christ Church more than Lillie did. One could tell that her spiritual life was enriched a little more with each service, and her sense of humor came right through to every choir member, enabling all of us to have fun and enjoy our singing even though most of us could hardly follow more than the melody of the printed notes. Thanks, Lillie, for a job done faithfully and with love.

(Source: Anna Grace Woodruff, Memories of Christ Church, Walnut Cove, N.C., 6-7, Parish Files, Diocesan Archives)


preparation for Deaconess

The Mission school this year has been taught by Miss Theodotes Boykin, a most sincere Christian woman, who has done excellent work. I regret we shall lose her next year, as she will enter upon a course of preparation for Deaconess. 

(Source: The Rev. J. E. King, Parochial Report, St. James’ Church, Pittsboro, 1907 Journal of Convention, 103)


Her training was as good as that given in the best hospitals North

A part of the colored work in our Convocation claims my especial interest. St. Agnes Hospital and Training School for nurses should appeal to Southern women, as we know how well adapted colored girls are by nature for nursing. For several weeks last winter a graduate of St. Agnes Training School was under my supervision day and night. Her training was as good as that given in the best hospitals North, and her conduct and gentleness were so excellent that we were glad to know such a representative of the colored people. The nurses are sent out into the neighborhood of St. Agnes School to do nursing among the poor negro families. I knew a poor colored woman who was dying with rapid consumption, whom these nurses relieved of any special suffering or made comfortable several times each week. The nurses also teach those around the suffering ones how to care for them. May I commend this noble work to our Woman’s Auxiliary?

(Source: Mattie H. Bailey, Secretary of the Raleigh Convocation, 1903 Woman’s Auxiliary Annual Report, 21)


They had $4.40

The ladies of Sanford have on hand an amount, $4.40, for the purpose of building a church.

(Source: The Rev. C. T. Bland, Parochial Report, Sanford Mission, Lee County, 1895 Journal of Convention, 114)



in memory of her son

A beautiful cross for the altar has lately been presented by Mrs. Barbee, of Louisville, Ky., in loving memory of her son, who worshipped with us for a short time and was then called to Paradise.

(Source: The Rev. John A. Deal, Parochial Report, St. Agnes’ Mission, Franklin, 1892 Journal of Convention, 93)