Southwest marks John Hines Day

Each year in early October, Southwest marks the legacy of its founder, the Rt. Rev. John E. Hines, with special worship service and festive luncheon. This year, due to restrictions in place because of the pandemic, Hines Day reflected earnestly how Southwest has re-imagined their learning and worship routines.

This John Hines icon hangs in Christ Chapel.

The service- a service of Evening Prayer – was held on one of the open green spaces at Southwest known as the Motte. Here, members of the community still gather for routine worship, but outdoors, well-spaced, and wearing masks. The preacher for this year’s Hines Day was Dr. Anthony Baker, Clinton S. Quin Professor of Systematic Theology.

“This year we celebrate John Hines Day at a service of evensong as daylight faded on the Motte. It was fitting to remember our founder and give thanks for the members of the John Hines Legacy Society even under unusual conditions. Professor Tony Baker’s sermon did that fine preacher proud!” said the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, dean and president.

The event also serves as a time to honor some of Southwest’s most avid supporters, members of the John Hines Legacy Society. Members of the society are those who have remembered Southwest in their estate plans or wills. To learn more about the John Hines Legacy Society, contact Wally Moore at