An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Greenfield, Robert Harvie

(Feb. 11, 1925-Apr. 23, 1999). Priest, monk, and Prayer Book reviser. Greenfield was born in Portland, Oregon. He received the B.A. from Reed College in 1949, the M.Litt. from Oxford University in 1951, and the D.Phil. from Oxford in 1956. Greenfield was ordained deacon on Oct. 18, 1951, and priest on Apr. 23, 1952. He served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Oregon and the Diocese of Oxford. In 1973 he became the dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Portland, Oregon. He held that position until 1980, when he went to the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to test his vocation. He was life professed on Apr. 15, 1986. Greenfield was a member of the Standing Liturgical Commission and made numerous contributions to its work. He wrote the second Eucharistic Prayer in Rite 1 and the prayers of the people for the Rite 1 Burial Office. His most significant contribution to Prayer Book revision was An Outline of the Faith, or Catechism (pp. 845-862), which was almost entirely his work. Greenfield died in Boston.

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