Chapel walkway to be dedicated to retired engineering professor (Released: 11/2/95)
by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- A 50-foot walkway connecting the front entrances of St. Mark's Episcopal Chapel and St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Chapel will be dedicated to Wilbur J. Widmer at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 5.
Widmer, a University of Connecticut professor emeritus in civil engineering, embodies the covenant between the chapels, said Robert Hirschfeld, vicar-chaplain of St. Mark's. The covenant, which was created in the late 1970s, seeks to repair the breach that occurred between the two branches of the Church during the time of Henry VIII, he said.
''It's meant to be an outward symbol of the formal relationship between the two parishes,'' he said. ''We've always had this covenant, but it hasn't always been observed. We are to worship together, share Christian education programs and to have a joined social justice committee. Widmer has really been the walking embodiment of this covenant.''
Widmer suffered a heart attack two months ago while attending an afternoon mass at St. Thomas Aquinas, Hirschfeld said.
The dedication will take place at the walkway, which is between 42 and 46 North Eagleville Road.