Dear Members and Friends of the Congregation of Saint Saviour,
I have a very good friend who, on March 4th every year, cannot stop making jokes about "Marching forth!" I have never really grasped the comedy of it, but today, it seems entirely appropriate. Below you will find two notable announcements for the life of the community and the life of the Cathedral. A new acting/interim dean will be arriving March 15th, and next Friday, Christian DeRuiter, who has served in various capacities at the Cathedral including assistant to the Vicar, is moving on to a new position.
If you have any questions or thoughts, please don't hesitate to ask. I hope your Lent is off to a holy and good start, and I hope you are finding ways to learn and serve during this season of penitence and preparation. (Here are some opportunities if you are still looking.)
In the meanwhile, you have my prayers.
Announcement of the New Interim Dean
Please see the following from The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of New York, and Bruce Macleod, President, Board of Trustees, Cathedral of St. John the Divine:
The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of New York, and Bruce Macleod, President, Board of Trustees, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rt. Rev. Clifton "Dan" Daniel III Interim Dean of the Cathedral, effective March 15, 2017. Bishop Daniel, who is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at General Theological Seminary in New York, most recently served as Provisional Bishop for the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
In describing his life's work that now has brought him to the Cathedral, Bishop Daniel said, "I have served for 45 years as deacon, priest and bishop. In those years, I have served in settings ranging from rural to metropolitan. One thing I have learned is that people (including me) and communities are hungry to hear the liberating story of Jesus; hungry to receive the healing and reconciling medicine of the Gospel in the midst of busyness, fragmentation, division and dissension. Even the busiest of us can hear the Lord in quietness ... if we seek to learn to be quiet."
Bishop Dietsche, in making this announcement, expressed his gratitude in welcoming Bishop Daniel, with all the experience and passion he brings with him, to the Cathedral and the New York Diocesan Community. Bishop Daniel, who will be moving to the Close with his wife, Anne, looks forward to spending the next chapter of his life at the Cathedral.Bishop Daniel said, "I look forward to working with Dean Kowalski during the transition over the next several months. I know I will value his guidance as we continue the important work of this extraordinary community."
As well as appreciating the many opportunities for service and celebration to be found here, Bishop Daniel and his wife are pleased to be closer to their three daughters and four grandchildren, who all live in New York.
Bishop Dietsche and Bruce Macleod, with the Cathedral Board of Trustees, will establish a search committee in the next few months to identify a permanent new Dean. The search is expected to conclude by the end of 2018.
Transition of Christian DeRuiter
Christian DeRuiter who served the Congregation and the Cathedral since November 2008 has accepted a position in another church closer to his home. We are very sorry to see him go. He was a vital and positive presence for those who call the Cathedral their spiritual home. His last day on the Close will be March 10. It is our desire to present him with a token of appreciation from the Congregation. We are therefore taking up a collection. On Sunday, March 5 we will accept any contributions. Marsha will be at the 9:00 a.m. service. Tim will be ushering at the 11:00.
We have been blessed to have Christian with us as long as we did, and we wish him God Speed!
This Week at the Cathedral
Sunday at 10:10 AM
Bible Study on the Right (North/Gospel Side of the Cathedral)
Sunday at 12:30 PM
Liturgy Class with Canon Malloy
Sunday at 5:30 PM in Cathedral House
Dinner with those thinking about baptism and Confirmation
Monday at 11 AM in St. Martin's Chapel behind the High Altar
Monday at 7 PM in Cathedral House
Wesley Morris & Community Organizing
Wednesday at 8 at St. Ambrose (9 West 130th)
Manhattan North Interparish Council Lenten Service
Wednesday at 7:30 PM in Cathedral House
Hebrew Bible Study
Friday at 1 PM after the 12:15 Eucharist in St. Martin's
Prayers and discussions on the Stations of the Cross
For details on these and other programs at the Cathedral, see our website.