Hermann S. Hering, C.S.B.

Portrait by A.M. Hazard. Original Longyear Collection.


HERMANN S. HERING, a Philadelphian, received his B.S. and M.E. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. After a special study of electrical engineering in London, he taught at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, for eight years. After his wife, Marian White Hering, healed him of a protracted illness through Christian Science in 1893, he took Primary class instruction with Ellen Cross, one of Mrs. Eddy’s students, became a member of The Mother Church, and became a Christian Science practitioner, officially giving up his academic career in 1899. Hermann read with Miss Cross in Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Baltimore, and in 1901, they developed and held a Thanksgiving Day service. Mrs. Eddy heard of it and was intrigued. By the following year, she instituted an annual Thanksgiving service held at The Mother Church and in all Christian Science branch churches. Professor Hering was Committee on Publication for Maryland and the District of Columbia, and in 1902, became First Reader of The Mother Church. He also served a term as First Reader of the Concord, New Hampshire, church. He was a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, and in 1905 he was appointed to the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, lecturing for over thirty years.

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