From Fr. Kevin Moroney, Professor of Liturgics:
In case you were wondering…
The Guild of Chimers of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is responsible for playing the Seminary’s historic chimes. The tower contains a set of 15 tubular chimes, manufactured in 1922 by the Walter H. Durfee Company of Providence, Rhode Island. The chimes are rung mechanically each morning and evening, where they are heard throughout the neighborhood of Chelsea, calling the Seminary community together for our corporate worship.
By order of the Trustees, the chimes are rung on October 6 and February 18, the anniversaries of the deaths of Glorvina Russell Hoffmann and Samuel Verplanck, the parents of Dean Hoffman. The chimes are also rung on March 21, the birthday of Eugene Augustus Hoffmann, Dean of the Seminary for twentythree years, and on March 15, the birthday of Mary Crooke Hoffmann, his wife. Chimers gather to play and celebrate our tradition & wonderful carillon.
We used to gather the whole guild in the chime room and play for 1/2 an hour with a very wide birth on what could be played; classical, popular, sacred, cartoon theme songs, we did it all. It was a lot of fun.
February 18 – Glorvina Russell Hoffman, Anniversary of Death
March 15 – Mary Crooke Hoffmann, Birthday
March 21 – Dean Eugene Augustus Hoffman, Birthday
October 6 – Samuel Verplanck, Anniversary of Death