A memorial service for author Madeleine L'Engle will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 28th, 2007 at 4pm.
L'Engle, author of more than 60 books including the children's classic A WRINKLE IN TIME, died September 6 at 88. L'Engle had been the volunteer librarian and writer in residence at the Cathedral since 1966.
“Madeleine's long relationship with the Cathedral was a strong one. The Cathedral, its staff and ministries informed her work, and in turn she inspired those who knew her with her generosity, spirit, and intelligence” said The Very Rev. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral.
“The memorial service will be a wonderful time to gather friends and admirers, family and colleagues to celebrate her life,” said L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis. “She would have been 89 on November 29th, so this will be a lovely and fitting birthday present.”
Music for the service will be provided by Cathedral organist Timothy Brumfield and Manhattan Transfer founding member Laurel Massé. Selections will include some of L’Engle’s favorite hymns (including the Tallis canon and Dona nobis pacem) and music of Bach. The service will be a Evensong with Eucharist, with The Right Reverend Mark Sisk, Bishop of New York, celebrant and The Very Reverend James Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral, preacher. All are welcome. A reception will follow.