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A Virtual Historical Tour of Enders Island presented by Lou Allyn with special guest Father Thomas F.X. Hoar, S.S.E.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 23rd for a Virtual Historical Tour of Enders Island presented by Lou Allyn with special guest Father Thomas F.X. Hoar, S.S.E. The topics will include:

-   Various owners of the island through the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent DePaul.

-   The Enders era when Dr. Thomas Burnham and Alys Van Gilder Enders built a Gentlemans Farm and House of Tiles, with magnificent gardens, in the 1920s.

-   The Society of St. Edmund and their Novitiate & the transition to St. Edmunds Retreat after Vatican II.

Lou Allyn was named after his great grandfather Louis Packer Allyn of Mystic, where the younger Lou also grew up attending Mystic Academy & local schools before going on to graduate with a BChe from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. After a work life in Massachusetts, Allyn retired back to Masons Island in 1999. He soon joined the Mystic River Historical Society & Board of Directors, becoming a Life Member, Treasurer & President. He is currently serving a second term as MRHS President, as well as Treasurer for the Masons Island Yacht Club,  Lower Mystic Cemetery Association, and M/N/S Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of SE Connecticut, as well as Vice Chair of the Mystic Harbor Management Commission. Lou Allyn lives on Masons Island with his wife, Cynthia Abell. They have a son,   a daughter, and two granddaughters.  His favorite topic of local history is the Great New England Hurricane of 1938.

Father Thomas F. X. Hoar, S.S.E has a BA from St. Michaels College, Seminary Master of Divinity from Univ. of St. Michaels College at University of Toronto, MA from Fordham, and Ph.D. from Michigan State as well as an MBA and Ph.D from Salve Regina where he explored the advent of religious broadcasting in radio and television as a tool of evangelization and social communication.

He served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Christian Brothers University and was Director of Campus Ministry at St. Michaels College. Rev. Hoar has been a Roman Catholic Priest with the Society of St. Edmund since 1971, and President of the St. Edmunds Retreat since 1993. He also serves as Catholic Contract Chaplain for the US Naval Submarine Base New London.


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