Fitts, (Rev.) Frederic Whitney. Papers

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Fitts, (Rev.) Frederic Whitney. Papers


  • 1903-1943 (Creation)


.7 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Frederic Fitts was associate priest of St. Stephen’s Church, Boston from 1902-1907 and associate rector of St. John’s Church in nearby Roxbury for one year before becoming rector in 1908. Both parishes were among the leading Anglo-Catholic congregations in the otherwise low and broad church Diocese of Massachusetts of the time. They were also parishes that served mostly poor and minority communities. At St. John’s, Fitts was known for his instructional classes. During part of his rectorship in the 1940s, he worked with and mentored his curate, Massey Shepherd. Fitts was a lecturer of interest on Church symbolism, and well known for using the Sarum ritual and scheme of liturgical colors, which was rarely practiced in the United States.

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The papers of Frederic W. Fitts include sermons, commentaries, observations, and writings relating to the liturgy, worship protocols, and sacramental elements of Christian life.


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