October 31: Percy Foster Hall+ (1950)

Percy Foster Hall was an Episcopal priest who served as an assistant minister at Epiphany during the time of World War I. Many new ministries began at the church during this era, including the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Junior and Senior Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the Night Branch of Woman’s Auxiliary, the McKim Bible Class for Men, the Young People’s Meeting, the Red Cross Auxiliary, the Mid-Week Bible Conference, the Prayer Circle, the Healing Services, and the Parish House Ladies’ Committee. When long-time rector Randolph McKim died in 1920, it fell upon Hall to lead the parish in an interim capacity until a new rector was called. During that time, Hall had oversight for the funerals of McKim and distinguished parishioner William C. Gorgas. Hall left Epiphany in 1921 after seven years of service, an unusually long term for the time, to become rector of St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria.

Hall was a graduate of Columbia University. He served as curate of Grace Church, New York City and was at the same time instructor in the New Testament in St. Faith’s Training School for Deaconesses. He was rector of St. Timothy’s Church, Catonsville, Maryland from 1893 to 1912. He had charge of churches in Oakland and Cumberland, Maryland and Wheeling, West Virginia. He was appointed to his position at Epiphany in 1914. During his time at Epiphany, two of Hall’s sons fought in World War I, thus their names appear on the plaque in the rear of the church. When one of those sons got married after the war, the ceremony took place at Epiphany with Percy Foster Hall performing the service. Also during this time, another of Hall’s sons began holy orders at Virginia Theological Seminary. Percy Foster Hall left Epiphany with heartfelt regret, gratitude, and affection.

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