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Slovak Wall of Remembrance and Honor
Recently installed and dedicated at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), the “Slovak Wall of Remembrance and Honor” recalls and gives thanks to God for the lives of sacrifice and ministries of pastors who have served the Slovak community in North America since the beginning of Slovak immigration. LTSP, established in 1864, has been a significant center for the training and formation of Slovak pastors for almost a century. Recognizing this important aspect of its ministry. the seminary has set aside space in its newly constructed Brossman Learning Center to remember and honor all who were part of the ministry to and among Slovaks in North America from the late 19th Century to today
A large, imposing plaque bears the names of over 30 such persons. More will be added as sponsors for another 50 or so persons are found from among friends, families, congregations, and Slovak- related organizations.
This effort, led by the seminary’s President Philip Krey, highlights an important but often untold chapter of the Slovak community in North America.
If you are in the Philadelphia area, stop by the seminary and see this fine remembrance, housed in the Fry Lounge on the ground floor of The Brossman Center. Recall with thanksgiving to God the sacrifices of earlier and current generations who preserved and passed on the heritage and faith of our early immigrant ancestors and who today still minister and serve those of the Slovak community and all who are of the household of faith.
Please consider a generous gift in the name of an individual pastor or the general “pioneer fund” for pastors who have gone before us but live on in their legacy of ministry and service. You can make a gift online, or send a check made out to “The LTSP Foundation” to LTSP, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119 with a memo saying “Slovak Wall.” Should you wish to honor or remember a specific individual, please indicate the name. The financing of this project, while receiving gladly gifts of any amount, seeks and receives sponsorships of $500-$1,000.
Should you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact the Rev. John V. Puotinen, CFRE, at LTSP by phone at 215.248.7304 or e-mail jpuotinen@Ltsp.edu.