Peter Regier

A Moment from Yesterday

September 11, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 16
Conrad Stoesz |
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In 1894, Anna Enss (1855-1914), left, and Peter Regier (1851-1925) moved their family from Prussia (now Poland) to Tiefengrund, Sask., where Regier was the founding leader of the Rosenorter Gemeinde and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. His sermon collection includes “odd” names for sermons such as “Sexagesima.” Upon further research, we learn that this is the name for the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday in the Catholic and Lutheran denominations. Further research shows that Mennonites who have lived in Prussia, Russia and Canada have used the church calendar and lectionary to help organize their worship services for generations.

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I so appreciate articles about a history of the people I was born into, and didn't always want to talk about their past lives, or what happened to them, yet their influence, contribution to the fabric of Canada is a quiet huge!

Maria Abrams was my great grandmother. I met her once when she came to visit my grandparents Merla and Peter Walter Abrams. They had 3 children: Braedon; my mother, Joyce Irene; and Merla Marie, who still lives in California. (Braedon and Joyce are deceased.) I have enjoyed learning about him and his immigration to North America. I have the ancestry document about my many relatives who are living in Canada, as well as the U.S. I hope they are all doing well.

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