Saint Days: James DeKoven, Priest
James DeKoven (1831-1879) was a priest and educator in the Episcopal church. An alumnus of Columbia College and General Theological Seminary, he was a teacher at the Episcopal/Anglican seminary Nashotah House and rector of St. John Chrysostom Church in Delafield. In 1859, he became the warden of Racine College.
DeKoven was a staunch Anglo-Catholic who stood firmly on the side of ritualism. It was because of this stance he was nominated as Bishop of Massachusetts (1873), Wisconsin (1874), Fond du Lac (1875), and Illinois (1875) but was never consecrated. In the case of Illinois, he was elected by the diocese by the standing committee wouldn't move forward because of his doctrine on the Holy Eucharist.
Here is what he said about the Eucharist: "to adore Christ's person in His Sacrament, is the inalienable privilege of every Christian and Catholic heart How we do it, the way we do it, the ceremonies which we do it, are utterly, utterly indifferent; the thing itself is what we plead for."
Let us remember Fr. James DeKoven today in our prayers:
Almighty God, you gave to your servant Fr. James DeKoven. special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.