Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Holy Trinity Church, Chatham

Holy Trinity Chatham Organ81 Selkirk Street, Chatham, Ontario

The parish was founded in 1875, chiefly to serve the growing number of immigrant families who were coming to Chatham, Ontario to work in the city’s manufacturing industry.

Isaac Hellmuth (1817-1901)Isaac Hellmuth, the second Bishop of Huron, under whose guidance the parish began, was himself a Lithuanian Jew and a convert to Christianity.   Hellmuth's most lasting accomplishment was the establishment of what is now the University of Western Ontario in 1878.   He was its first chancellor and its major financial supporter.

The Pipe Organ is of three manuals plus pedals, consisting of 1700 pipes in 30 ranks.   The most notable feature will be the brass 'Trompette en Chamade' located over the ambulatory door.   The builder was the firm of Pole & Kingham.

The Rev'd Alan Knight was appointed rector of Holy Trinity, Chatham in September 2008.   Ordained in 1986, his previous appointment was as Priest in Charge of St. John the Evangelist, Sault Ste Marie and St. John's, Garden River in the Diocese of Algoma.