from the pages of the Courier Post
The Rev. G. Richard Civalier was 33 when he was welcomed to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension after a missionary journey in Newfoundland. But Civalier, who has been church rector for 27 years, said his life almost took another route.
"I was convinced that I would be a hotel manager," Civalier said. "But then I just felt that I was being drawn to something else."
After majoring in business at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Civalier said he was called to the priesthood during a church service in Woodbury in 1968.
More than a decade later, Civalier said he was instantly attracted to Ascension's family-centered congregation. He and other church officials at the 160-year-old Episcopal church boast a strong tradition of keeping multiple generations of families involved.
Anna Rettew, 89, who was born and raised in Gloucester City, said the church has played a vital role continues