“The most precious treasure of the Church is her worship. And when, to this great purpose, a great art and talent is added, then we are able to offer to the Lord a superb gift indeed. It is hard to remember any great occasion in the life of our diocese which has not been enriched by the skill and loving care of this young man. His art and his gifts are God’s and not his; but his generous and tireless devotion to his Church is his responsibility, and well does he fulfill it, whether it be a Te Deum for our Centennial or a puppet show for our clergy Christmas dinner. He has been a teacher and a guide for many; he has written, for the love of God, things of beauty that have moved and lifted all our hearts; as a son of this diocese, he has brought great richness to it; and I wish that Peter Hallock would accept the Bishop’s Cross from the shepherd whose heart he has gladdened time and time again.”
—Bishop Stephen F. Bayne, Jr., 1958
Many thanks to Diane Wells, Archivist for the Diocese of Olympia, for sending me this quote. Note that Peter was awarded a second Bishop’s Cross by Bishop Vincent Warner in 1991.