We remember, and we remember each by name.
From May 13 through May 21, three 12 x 12 foot panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be installed around the AIDS Memorial in the Cathedral nave. The quilt will be on display in the Cathedral on May 20, as thousands march by our Cathedral during AIDS Walk New York. Each panel contains a name of a victim of the epidemic with a close connection to our Cathedral community.
The AIDS Memorial at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is a sacred and welcoming place of contemplation and memory. It is a site of pilgrimage, and only one of a handful of such chapels dedicated to people impacted by AIDS.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine was on the forefront of response to the AIDS crisis when the disease first appeared in New York City, in the early 1980s. The AIDS Memorial remembers victims and honors caregivers, and is one of only a handful in the United States. In the Chapel of St. Columba, the Cathedral also features a casting of the striking triptych altarpiece “The Life of Christ” (1990) by New York pop artist Keith Haring, and his last work before his own death from AIDS. The altarpiece is shaped like a Russian icon. It depicts a multi-armed figure of compassion bearing symbols of Christ’s life. Soaring ‘angels’ flank the figure, and a restless crowd of surges below. If you would like learn more, or to make a donation to help underwrite this project, please visit our website http://www.saintsaviour.org/