Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles
440 Pope Leo I
(400–461) announced that
Saints Peter and Paul have replaced
Romulus and Remus as the patrons of Rome.
1555 The first provincial council of
Mexico convened in an attempt by the church to protect the
Indians from the rapacity of the conquistadors.
1629 Samuel Skelton and Francis
Higginson (1588–1630) arrived
in Massachusetts on the ship
Talbot, the first Presbyterian pastors in the
1685 Thomas Ken
(1637–1711), hymnist, was
consecrated as Bishop of Bath and Wells.
Erik Tobias Björk (ca.
1668-1740), early Swedish American pastor, left America for
1722 Jakob Baumgarten, German pastor and
hymn poet, died.
1729 Trinity Lutheran Church, New York
City, was dedicated.
John Williams, apostle of Polynesia, was born in London
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions was
organized in Massachusetts under the leadership of Samuel
Spring and Samuel Worcester.
1816 Pope Pius
VII (1740–1823) issued an
edict against all Bible societies.
Lars Paul Esbjörn (1808–1870),
Swedish Lutheran pastor, sailed for New York from Gaevle (Gefle)
with his wife and six small children on the steamship
Frank Bottome (b. 26 May 1823), hymnist, died.
Catholic curia system was reorganized by
X (1835–1914) in the
1908 Cyrus H.
Gordon, American Jewish archeological scholar, was born
in Philadelphia (19 April 2001).
1948 A Pastoral Letter signed by the
Romanian Uniate Church’s episcopacy on the Feast of
Saints Peter and Paul told why this group remained attached
Abuna Basilios became the first non-Coptic-controlled
patriarch of Ethiopia, and the Orthodox church there became
free of the Patriarchate of Alexandria (Egypt).
1961 World Missionary
Press was incorporated in Winona Lake, Indiana, by the
Rev. and Mrs. G. Watson Goodman.
1968 Pope Paul VI
(1897–1978) issued the Creed
of the People of God, an authoritative modern Catholic
statement of faith.
1977 Lawrence B. Meyer, missionary to
China and long-time Missouri Synod executive, died in Miami,
Florida (b. 13 July 1890). He graduated from Concordia
Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1917 and served in the synod's
China mission field from 1917 to 1926. He went on to serve
as director of missionary education and publicity from 1926
to 1950, synodical planning counselor from 1950 to 1961,
consultant to the Board of Directors from 1961 to 1963 and
from 1963 on as assistant to the director of the Faith
Forward staff. From 1940 to 1950 he also served as executive
director of the Emergency Planning Council and acted as a
representative of the Board of Directors at other synodical
functions, such as the Coordinating Committee, the Board for
Higher Education, the College of Presidents and the Board
for European Affairs. Meyer was editor of the Clergy
Bulletin beginning in 1936. He authored various tracts
and pamphlets, most of which were related to missions. He
also attended the Bad Boll Conferences in Germany from 1948