A Tribute to Rev. Cynthia J. Hallas

You can see photos of Rev. Cynthia by clicking here.


Rev. Cynthia J. Hallas, our rector from January 2004 until January 2019  died suddenly of a brain aneurysm on March 17, 2020, at the age of 66. 

Cynthia's Requiem Eucharist was held on November 13 at St. James Cathedral. You can see the service from Facebook by clicking here. The actual video starts about 8 minutes in. You can also go to You Tube by clicking here, and again move the time bar back or forth to 8 minutes. You can read the bulletin by clicking here.


Click Here to Read Our Tribute to Cynthia

“When Cynthia J. Hallas answered our call for a new rector in 2004, she became the first female spiritual leader of St. Giles. There may have been some members who were skeptical or unsure about having a woman lead our congregation. We had a history of strong, male rectors, and we all know that sometimes change is difficult….”

Listen to the St. Giles Choir sing Durufle - In Paradisum on November 3, 2019

From the Diocese

Hallas served as as associate rector at St. Lawrence, Libertyville, as rector at St. Giles in Northbook, as interim rector at Christ Church, Waukegan, and had just begun serving as interim rector at St. Barnabas in Glen Ellyn. In addition to parish ministry,  she served as the diocese's liaison for interfaith and ecumenical partnerships on behalf of Bishop Jeff Lee. 

She is survived by husband, Jon; daughter Louisa McKellaston (kClare), a member of Bishop Lee's staff; son Ian (Nomin Zolzaya); and granddaughter, Maeve.  Services will be announced at a future date.

May light perpetual shine upon her.

From St. Barnabas 


Our hearts are heavy to announce that the Interim Rector of St. Barnabas, Mother Cynthia Hallas, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 17, from a brain aneurysm. Our hearts and prayers are with her family as they grieve. +Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her. Amen+

From our Senior Warden: "I’ve had a hard time finding words to express my feelings about the loss of Mother Cynthia.   She had only been with us for a short while, but she fit in so perfectly that her absence has left raw emotions and a gaping void.  Some commented about her singing and the richness it brought to parts of the liturgy.  Others reflected that her warmth was so welcome.  She was with us for fewer than fifty days, but it feels as if we’ve lost an old friend.  She is not someone we can forget."


A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home of Niles is entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hunger Resource Network or St. Albans Episcopal Church in Bexley, Ohio. Info 847-581-0536.




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Cynthia's Photos



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