Former South Carolina Episcopal Priest Father Al Kimel's second Son Aaron dies of Suicide

Al Kimel was at one time the rector of Holy Communion, Charleston, in the diocese of South Carolina.

In case you may not be aware Father Kimel and his wife Christine have four children: Alvin, Aaron, Bredon, and Taryn. Aaron died this week of suicide at the age of 32.

I am posting this so people will be aware and support this family this weekend (especially tomorrow) with their prayers. I have checked with several people and the family wishes people to be aware.

(For more information on Father Kimel, please see this previous post about his decision last year to join the Orthodox Church [note that one of the links in that post contains a picture which includes Aaron]).

Because of the subject matter involved, I will only take comments on this post which are submitted by email to KSHarmon[at]mindspring[dot]com–KSH.


Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Children, Death / Burial / Funerals, Marriage & Family, Parish Ministry, Psychology, Suicide

5 comments on “Former South Carolina Episcopal Priest Father Al Kimel's second Son Aaron dies of Suicide

  1. Kendall Harmon says:

    From Father Jay Scott Neuman:

    Into your hands, O Merciful Savior, we commend your servant Aaron. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

  2. Kendall Harmon says:

    From William Tighe:

    I am saddened by this news, and my heart goes out and my prayers go up for the Kimels and for their son Aaron. I was fortunate to meet Al online through his “Pontifications” blog in 2004, and subsequently to meet him and Christine in person; and I believe that I met Aaron at Al’s Catholic priestly ordination in 2005.

    Jesus, mercy; Mary, pray.

  3. Kendall Harmon says:

    From Pageantmaster:

    I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers for our dear friend Father Kimel and his family and friends, that they may all be aware of Christ’s presence with them and be held in His love at this time.

    A bruised reed he will not break

    God bless all concerned

  4. Kendall Harmon says:

    From Just Passing By:

    I was saddened to hear of the death of Rev. Kimel’s son. My very first post on a Christian blog … as what I hope was a respectful dialogue … was on Pontifications. I grieve with him.

    Thus of their goods and bodies we can dispose; but what shall become of their souls, God alone can tell; his mercy may come betwixt the bridge and the brook, the knife and the throat. Who knows how he may be tempted? It is his case, it may be thine: We ought not to be so rash and rigorous in our censures, as some are; charity will judge and hope the best: God be merciful unto us all.

    From Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy sect. IV, mem. I.


    Just Passing By

  5. Kendall Harmon says:

    From Ephraim Radner:

    The Kimel family are in my prayers, with much sadness and much love. May the Lord Jesus grant them all the light of presence, hope, strength, and healing.