[ Baden Soellingen ]

Protestant Chapel
Holy Trinity
H oly Trinity Protestant Chapel has the distinction of being the only non-green building on Base. The beautiful pink stone, quarried from the surrounding area, affords its own unique camouflage. The Chapel will be officially closed 18 April 1993 having provided a place of worship for Protestant service members for exactly 39 years.

Here are a few milestones in the history of Holy Trinity Chapel.

Holy Trinity Chapel was officially opened with a dedication ceremony on 18 April 1954. The chaplains at the time were W. Rodgers, FW Maclean and JH Dean.

The first wedding took place 15 May 1954. Cpl. Glen Collard married Rose-Marie Kent.

The first christening was held 16 August 1954, for the child of F/Sgt. and Mrs. Hyndam.

Margaret Joan Maccormack, Richard Brian Peterson and Richard David Wagner were the first children to be baptized on 26 September 1954. The first funeral was for F/O R.I. Chistofferson, killed 20 October 1954, service at 4(F) Wing Church 23 October 1954.

The first United Church of Canada confirmation was held 31 July 1955. Dr. Herald Young, the Chairman of the Chaplains Committee Canadian Council of Churches conducted the service. The same day I. Norris, Bishop Ordinary to the Forces, confirmed the candidates from the Church of England.

The large stained glass windows were raised from subscriptions bought by Protestant chapel families. These families were assured that when the RCAF left Soellingen, the windows would be taken back to Canada for installation in an RCAF church "where they will always serve as a symbol and reminder of the many who once worshipped at this station". There are also two windows donated by units, one Army, one Air Force.

The Ladies' Guild has always been a very important part of the chapel life and work. The Chapel photo album has a picture of a presentation of a cheque to Chap. Gen. (P) Cardy by Barb Bullis and Ann Aichholtz. When the guild began to sponsor the Merchant's Fairs every, Spring and Fall, the size of those cheques increased substantially. In 1992, the last Merchant's Fair, the Guild raised DM 95 000 for charity.

Over the years the Chapel, including the Guild, has been involved in a variety of local mission projects. For example, the Rastatt Resettlement Center helps Germans living in East bloc countries return to their homeland.

Herr Seifermann has an apple orchard in the neighboring village of Lichtenau and a process of drying apples. He sends crates of dried apples to India. Sister Erminolda, a feisty 90 year old nun, worked for years at a home for children in Honduras. Now back at her home convent in Sasbach, she still organizes aid to be sent to the children.

Over the years the chapel has taken advantage of the history and tradition Europe has to offer. For example, on Reformation Sunday I989 the chapel congregation went to Speyer and worshipped in the church where the first so called "Protestants" gathered. For several years on Good Friday the chapel has gone on a pilgrimage to a unique "Way of the Cross" in Ribeauville, Alsace. Gerald Hobbs, Professor of Church History at the Vancouver School of Theology has led tours of Strasbourg. In the late 1960's Prof. Hobbs earned his Ph.D. at University of Strasbourg and during that time he served as Chaplain to 4 Wing and to the Canadians stationed in Sardinia.

Furthermore, the Chaplains from CFB Baden have participated in Remembrance Day and after services at war cemeteries throughout Europe. Militarily, the Chaplains have participated in Training and Operations including Fall Ex and Starfighters. Both Chap (P)'s deployed to Qatar during Operation Scimitar/ Friction. The Chaplains currently provide local support to the families of UN peacekeepers deployed to the former Yugoslavia.

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