Cathedral International Plainfield Hosts Annual Hope McLean Austin Memorial Block Party

PLAINFIELD – Hope Mclean Austin’s life and contributions to the community and church will be celebrated by Cathedral International – Plainfield, Sunday, July 15, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cedarbrook Park, Pemberton Avenue, Plainfield.

“We cannot forget the impact Hope McLean Austin had on the Plainfield community,” said Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., Senior Pastor of Cathedral International where Hope was a minister and one of the first administrators for Cathedral International in Plainfield.

Prior to her passing in 2003, this Plainfield resident and teacher for 24 years in the Plainfield Public School System served as a president of the Woodland School PTA and a founding member of the Reading Sisterhood Book Club. This book club has established the Hope McLean Austin Scholarship Fund at Plainfield High School in her memory.

Hope’s caring and compassionate spirit was appreciated by many friends and especially students. Many of the students she taught at both elementary and secondary levels would stay in touch with her long after being under her guidance and tutelage. Annually Cathedral International of Plainfield hosts the Hope McLean Austin Block Party, a free event with plenty of food, fellowship, fun and music. The community is invited to bring family and friends. Call 1-732-826-5293, ext. 1900 for additional information.

Cathedral International is the historic Second Baptist celebrating 108 years in ministry this year. Under the leadership of Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., the 5,000 member, multi-generational, multi-cultural regional church primarily serves the communities of Perth Amboy, Asbury Park and Plainfield. For more information about Cathedral International log onto

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