The Rev. George Regas Is Honored by Legislature

Rev. George Regas

The California Legislature last week honored the memory of Pasadena civil rights advocate Rev. George F. Regas, led by a motion to adjourn in Regas’ name by Assemblyman Chris Holden.
Regas, who was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena from 1967 to 1995, died on Jan. 3. He was 90 years old.
“Like many of those who knew him, I was saddened by the loss of Rev. George F. Regas, but his legacy continues with the contributions he made to social change and the inspiration he provided to all us,” Holden said. “His bold leadership to advance civil rights, women’s ordination, LGBTQ marriage equality, and reversing the arms race laid a foundation for his successors to build upon.”
Regas was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Greek immigrant parents. He planned to become a medical doctor, but an epiphany led him to a life of spiritual ministry. He completed his theological studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before being ordained a deacon in 1956 and a priest in 1957.
At age 36, Regas received the call to Pasadena to succeed All Saints rector John Burt. At the time, All Saints was starting its growing impact as the largest Episcopal congregation in the western United States.
Over the years, his advocacy for social justice and strengthening a diverse church community helped spark local organizations and nonprofits aimed at improving lives.
“The impact of Rev. George Regas’ deep faith to advocate for practical social action continues to be felt today,” said Holden. “Every year, my office has received packets of letters originating from All Saints’ Peace and Justice Ministry, and signed by parishioners urging support for many bills relevant to social justice causes.”

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