Chaplain Sevices

The Four Chaplain Chaple

Come, share with us and show or tell about your interests. Inter-Denominational Service Every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Catholic Service Offered Every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Services are open to the public and the Home welcomes all community members to attend. Transportation to and from the Veterans’ Home to a local parish is provided upon request.

How did the chaple get its name?

Chaplain George L. Fox (Minister, Methodist Church) Chaplain Alexander D. Goode (Rabbi, Reform Judaism) Chaplain Clark V. Poling (Pastor, Reformed Church in America) Chaplain John P. Washington (Deacon, Catholic Church) “All Faiths” Welcome Bible Study Every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is urged to come and share a hobby, gift or story that inspires others. God surely meant for us to share His blessings through memories and things we have done or are doing. It is a chance for us to share our faith through our favorite activities.

Pray for our men and women serving to keep us free around the world. Pray also for all those serving our Veterans and spouses here at the Veterans’ Home. Always remember God is with us, even at our wits end. ~ God Bless, Ken Coonradt (Chaplain) “As I swam away from the ship, I looked back. The flares had lighted everything. The bow came up high and she slid under. The last thing I saw, the Four Chaplains were up there praying for the safety of the men. They had done everything they could. I did not see them again. They themselves did not have a chance without their life jackets. “ ~ Grady Clark, survivor U.S.A.T.

Dorchester, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers, moved steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. Only 150 miles from its destination, the captain ordered the men to sleep in their clothing and keep life jackets on. Many soldiers sleeping deep in the ship’s hold disregarded the order because of the engine’s heat, others because the life jackets were uncomfortable. On 3 February 1943 at 12:55 a.m. the German submarine U-223 fired 3 torpedoes, one of which hit decisive – and deadly, striking the starboard side amid ship and far below the water line. Captain Hans J. Danielsen alerted all that the Dorchester was taking water rapidly and sinking, giving the order to abandon ship. In less than 20 minutes the Dorchester slipped beneath the Atlantic’s icy waters.

-Excerpt from The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation. 

For more information on The Four Chaplains and U.S.A.T. Dorchester, visit The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation at www.FourChaplains.org.  Please feel free to call for more information. Chaplain Ken or Rev. McSherry at (802)447-6550 or (802)447-3479.

Contact Information

Vermont Veterans’ Home
325 North Street
Bennington, VT 05201            
Phone: 802-447-6510
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