ST. JOHN 21:15-17
When they finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" Simon replied, "Yes, Lord, you know I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." Jesus asked a second time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Simon replied, "Yes, Lord, you know I love you." Jesus said to him, "Take care of my sheep." He asked a third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was sad that Jesus asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" He replied, "Lord, you know everything; you know I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep."
Rev. Josiah Swett B: 8-4-1814 (Claremont, NH) D: 1-4-1890 (Highgate, VT)
Married: Lucy Miranda Swett
Children: William P., James W., Hester M., Marilla E., Katharine H., and Hannah S.
Rector of Holy Trinity 1872-1877, 1888-1890
Dr. Swett was a graduate of Norwich University in 1837 and was a professor of Ancient Languages at Norwich from 1840-1844.
He served on the missionary committee to build the first Episcopal Church in Swanton that would house 150 people at a cost of $2,000. In September of 1888, Rev. Josiah Swett accepted a second call as rector of Holy Trinity. He remained until his death in 1890.
Rev. Swett was a teacher, priest, and poet in 19th Century Vermont. He published many poems and lectures. His story can be found in a book published by his family entitled Josiah's Journey.