March 16, 2012 - Issue: Vol. 158, No. 44 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 2nd Session
TRIBUTE TO REVEREND CANON THOMAS WILSON STEARLY LOGAN, SR.; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 44
(Extensions of Remarks - March 16, 2012)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E372-E373] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO REVEREND CANON THOMAS WILSON STEARLY LOGAN, SR. ______ HON. CHAKA FATTAH of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Friday, March 16, 2012 Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a distinguished member of the Philadelphia clergy who is achieving a milestone that is worthy of recognition and admiration in the people's House. The Reverend Canon Thomas Wilson Stearly Logan, Sr., will celebrate his 100th birthday on March 19, and even more remarkable, he is still going strong. Reverend Canon Logan's career as one of Philadelphia's most prominent and honored Episcopal ministers is highlighted by 44 years as Rector of Calvary Northern Liberties Church and its predecessors, St. Michael's and Calvary Monumental churches. Since reaching mandatory retirement age in 1984, he continues to be active and holds the title of Rector Emeritus. He remains on the go, known by all for his lively and friendly manner and a voice that commands attention. Reverend Canon Logan's life has been one of accomplishment from his birth in Philadelphia in 1912, the son of a minister and a [[Page E373]] teacher and one of eight siblings who would ultimately finish college. He is a 1935 graduate of Lincoln University, and was ordained for Episcopal Church ministry in 1938 upon graduation from General Theological Seminary. He went on to earn a Master of Sacred Theology from Philadelphia Divinity School, doctorates in divinity and theology, and two honorary doctorates. Throughout his life, Reverend Canon Logan has been a fighter for civil rights, an NAACP activist, a friend and advocate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a demonstrator and a trainer in the tactics of non- violence. In addition to his stint at Calvary, Reverend Canon Logan has served the Episcopal Church in numerous leadership and missionary roles. He has been a veritable ``Mister Fixit'' in Philadelphia as interim priest at five parishes, chaplain for the Philadelphia Presbyterian Hospital and Philadelphia Police Department. Reverend Canon Logan's contributions to his hometown go beyond the life of the church. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Tribune Charities and Rafters' Charities and one of the founders of the Afro- American Museum. He is a life member--and an active member--of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-American men, which he pledged in 1933 at Alpha Omicron Chapter as a student at Johnson C. Smith University. Just last summer, the good Canon attended Alpha's 105th anniversary convention in Chicago, accompanied by his wife Hermione, who had reached the century mark a few months ahead of her husband. It goes without saying that Reverend Logan is Alpha's oldest living member. Even today, as he approaches the century milestone, this remarkable man of God carries the title of associate priest at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, the nation's first to be established by and for black Episcopalians. St. Thomas, under the leadership of the Reverend Dr. Martini Shaw, traces its founding to 1792 and its first pastor, the pioneering Reverend Absalom Jones. It is fitting that St. Thomas will be the venue for Reverend Canon Logan's 100th Birthday Celebration Mass on March 18, 2012--his 99th year, 364th day upon this earth. I invite my colleagues to join me in honoring this remarkable man, extending best wishes, good health and good times to the Reverend Canon Thomas Wilson Stearly Logan, Sr. ____________________