The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
August 25, 2020
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. David Eastman Allen, SSJE in Cambridge, Mass., on Aug. 17, 2020. David was the last member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist to go from priest novice directly to life profession, which took place on July 1, 1961. Proficient in Japanese, he served SSJE in Japan from 1962 until 1971, and again from 1974 to 1975. Upon returning to Cambridge, he served at various times as novice guardian, assistant superior, guest brother and sacristan. David also helped begin the Boston Chinese Ministry at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where he learned enough Cantonese to enable him to preside at the Eucharist and to preach on occasion.
Brother David’s ashes will be interred at the Memorial Garden at Emery House in West Newbury at a later date.
May the soul of God’s faithful servant departed rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him.
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris
Memorial donations may be made to:
The Society of St. John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02138-5717