World War 2 Protestant Chaplains’ Retreat

Protestant Chaplains’ Retreat, Lorraine District, Jougne France, 6-10 August 1945

Following the end of the war in Europe, just as word was coming in about the Japanese surrender, Protestant Chaplains from the Lorraine District in France met for a time of fellowship, rest and relaxation, at the 46th General Hospital’s Retreat Center in Jougne, France on the Swiss border. Below is the booklet that was published following the retreat which has some of the remarks and devotionals given during the the chaplain’s time together.

Some interesting titles of the addresses are: Present Day Trends and the Chaplain; The Prophet Elijah and the Chaplain; Through Christ to God, Romans 12:11; The Chaplain and His Bible; The Prophet Amos and the Chaplain; He that Hath an Ear Let Him Hear; The Chaplain and the Soldier; Spiritual Hunger-Matthew 5:6; The Prophet Jeremiah and the Chaplain; The Chaplain, a Priest and a Prophet; and The Chaplain and the Future. All of the address weren’t recorded in detail, but many of the highlights are included and most are very interesting, as are the included devotional thoughts.


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Canis-chaplaingroup_11This booklet belonged to Chaplain R. P. Canis who led the singing at the retreat and also one of the daily devotions. Chaplain Canis was a veteran of both World War 2 and the Korean War, being assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan when the Korean War broke out and was in Korea for the defense of the Pusan Perimeter at the Battle of Taegu in August 1950. I received this booklet from Chaplain Canis’ daughter.




About Daryl Densford

I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene serving as an active-duty Army Chaplain. I am currently an ethics instructor at the U.S. Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Posted on 17 June 2016, in Chaplaincy, History and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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