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Announcement of the Appointment of the 10th Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
June 20, 2018
To the Cathedral Community and the Diocese of New York.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the Spring of 2017 the Right Reverend Clifton “Dan” Daniel III began service as the Interim Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, following the resignation of Dean James Kowalski after fifteen years of faithful service to this great church and institution. The months since have been simply transformational in the life and mission of our cathedral.
While understanding that Dean Daniel's leadership of our cathedral will by intention and necessity be short-term, the Board of Trustees and I have come to recognize that the good work of this first year of his deanship has been a remarkably important time in the life and culture of the cathedral and diocese. And with important transitional work still to be done, we have been moved to consider the blessings and rewards which will redound to the cathedral and diocese by a continuation of his cathedral leadership for a time.
Therefore, at the regularly held meeting of the Board of Cathedral Trustees on June 12, the Interim Dean was enthusiastically elected to be the 10th Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. It is our expectation that he will serve in this capacity for three to four years. I am personally grateful for the opportunity to continue to partner with my dear friend and colleague in the leadership of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine for a longer period.
After parish ministries in the dioceses of North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island, Dean Daniel was elected Bishop of East Carolina in 1996, where he served until 2013, when he began three years leading the Diocese of Pennsylvania as Provisional Bishop. He and his late wife Anne were native Carolinians and retained their residence in Greenville, while his three daughters and their children all became residents of New York City, which has meant that serving our cathedral has also brought him into a close and happy proximity to his family. I am pleased that the dean has also found a church family in our cathedral community, and grateful for the blessings he has received in this city, diocese and ministry. With great joy, I remain
The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche
Bishop of New York