The Rev'd Alonzo Pruitt

Alonzo C. Pruitt is a native Chicagoan who retired from full time ministry three years ago. He was a Social Worker for thirteen years before being ordained to the priesthood thirty-four years ago, and served congregations in Chicago, Brooklyn, New York, and Richmond, Virginia, in addition to short term ministries in the United States Virgin Islands and the island nation of Dominica.

His work has included service on an array of diocesan and national church boards and commissions, including ministry as a Chaplain of Integrity, Chicago, and as a National Vice President of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. 

Alonzo is a Life Professed Member of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis, and served as a Chaplain First Lieutenant) in the United States Army Reserve. When he retired, he was the Chief of Chaplains (Lieutenant Colonel) for the Richmond Sheriff’s Office, which regularly cared for 1500 Residents and 500 Deputies and Staff in the second largest jail in Virginia. He has received a number of awards and honors, including proclamations from the City Councils of New York City and Richmond, Virginia, a tribute in the Congressional Record of the United States, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond. He is a Canon of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Kabale, Uganda. Alonzo and his wife, Martha, live on the near north side.

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