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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Freeman

012014freemanintroBrother Arthur J. Freeman died in Nazareth, Pa., December 4, 2013, at the age of 86.


Born October 11, 1927 in Green Bay, Wis., he was the son of Arthur and Ethel (Bins) Freeman. Brother Freeman attended public schools in Green Bay, Wis. and graduated from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis. in 1949. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1952 and a Doctor of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1962. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry September 16, 1953 and consecrated a Presbyter August 14, 1960. He was elected bishop of the Moravian Unity and consecrated on November 11, 1990.

He was united in marriage to Roseanna Jacob August 8, 1958. They served the Big Oak congregation in Yardley, Pa. until 1961 when Brother Freeman accepted a position at Moravian Theological Seminary as Professor of Biblical Theology. Sister Freeman died June 13, 1981.

Brother Freeman married Carole (Droney) Boucher July 21, 1984 in Bethlehem, Pa. He entered into retirement March 1, 1996.

His wife, Carole; son, David; stepson, Stephen Boucher; and five grandchildren survive Brother Freeman. He was predeceased by his first wife, Roseanna and infant son, Joseph.

A memorial service was held December 14, 2013 at Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa., with the Rt. Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon and the Rev. Janel Rice officiating. Burial was in Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, Pa.


From the January/February 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, September 21 — Psalm 108:6–13
1 Samuel 13; John 1:43–51

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Creator of the universe, what a privilege you have gifted to us! You have entrusted us to care for the beautiful world that you have created. May we be worthy of that trust. May we tend your garden well. Teach us to be wise stewards and to care gently for the earth and all her creatures. Amen.

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