Franklin Joiner

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Franklin Joiner (1887-October 28, 1960) was rector of Saint Clement's Church (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) from 1920 to 1955. He was a postulant for ordination from St. Mark's Church, Grand Rapids in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, transferring to the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania on April 20, 1920 after service as deacon in charge of the Church of the Epiphany, South Haven, Michigan. He was ordained to the diaconate on May 17, 1917 by William Walter Webb, Bishop of Milwaukee, and to the priesthood in May, 1918.

He was Superior General of the American Branch of the Guild of All Souls from 1924 to 1958. Joiner served as a member of the standing committee of the Diocese of Pennsylvania for 26 years, and was its president from 1940 to 1955. He received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Nashotah House in 1933.

Published writings[edit]


  • "Episcopalian Groups Advocate Merger with Catholics" in Reading Eagle, December 26, 1935
  • "Church Unity: Pro-Catholic Plea" in The Literary Digest, January 11, 1936, p. 17.
  • The library of the Rev. Franklin Joiner, D.D., Philadelphia, Pa. & other valuable properties Catalog for an auction held March 22–23, 1938. New York: American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, 1938.
  • New York Times obituary, Oct 30, 1960