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First Lenten Luncheon to feature Rudeloff’s travels
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At the first of a series of Lenten Luncheons, retired Beeville attorney and world traveler Richard Rudeloff will present a program on Christian symbols and the seven sacraments, as depicted in the stained glass windows of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

That luncheon will be Tuesday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the church.

After graduating from A.C. Jones High School in 1941, Rudeloff served in the Army Air Corps as a meteorologist during World War II, during which time he was sent to China with a six-man special services unit.

That Army assignment gave him the urge to see the world and its far-away places with strange-sounding names. After graduating from Texas A&M University, then completing a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin, he practiced law in Beeville for 50 years. During that time, he served as Bee County attorney for 16 years.

For vacations, Rudeloff and his family began to visit those places calling to him; Europe was first, followed by the Middle East, the Holy Land, a trip around the world, Mexico and Russia.

On the tour of Russia he happened to meet some students and professors from the University of Kazakhstan, who invited him to teach there for two three-month semesters, one in 1990 and one in 1991.

Before each trip he made, Rudeloff did extensive research, filling a notebook with information about the places he and his family planned to visit. Then, he recorded his impressions and observations in daily journals, which he has included in his recently completed autobiography.

From his research, tours and observations, Rudeloff has learned a great deal about Christian symbols displayed in churches and cathedrals he has visited throughout the world. He will draw on this background for his Lenten Luncheon presentation.

The Lenten Luncheon series, founded in 1970, is co-sponsored by St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the Women of Faith Lutheran, First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church, all in Beeville.

For each program, lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. until noon, with the presentation beginning by 12:05 and concluding by 1 p.m.

Reservations may be made by calling the church office at 358-2730, no later than the Friday afternoon preceding each program, except for series reservation holders, who must sign up by Friday, March 11, and will be included on the lists for the succeeding luncheons.

The charge is $7 for a single event or $25 for the series.
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