As we come to the close of our program year in May, we look back and give thanks for the year of growth that has passed even as we begin to look forward to the events of what promises to be a busy and momentous summer.
On Sunday, May 3, we said “thank you” to the many good people who gave themselves, their time, energy, and love, to working with our young people. The full list of their names appears on page 6. I am especially thankful for the leadership of Canon Dan Wagner with our youth, and for the presence, beginning this year, of Corinne Betbeze coordinating children’s ministries and Sara Bolt coordinating youth activities. Carolyn Jeffers continues her faithful work in preparing our young people for confirmation. As always, we have a wonderful group of parents and adult mentors who are actively involved in helping our young people grow in their life in Christ. As we said our prayers on that day for our high school seniors, I was reminded of how much each of them has grown and matured in leadership here at Christ Church Cathedral. We are all proud of and confident in them, and our prayers follow them wherever they go.
Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster Christopher Powell says “thank you” to the members of the Cathedral Choir for their beautiful work this year on page 5. Our choir has grown and matured under the leadership of Christopher and his assistant and wife Katie, and they have worked hard this year in preparing exceptional music for many, many services. The choir’s increased presence in our worship throughout Holy Week this year was especially moving. Christopher has also overseen the creation of a master plan for our organ’s care and maintenance, and the first major initiative in that plan has been accomplished. Look for more information this summer about the launching of a fund for sponsoring the care of the very special instrument that has been entrusted to us. I am deeply thankful every day for Christopher’s presence with us.
The tenth annual Cathedral Celebration on April 26 was a glorious day. We gave thanks for the ministry of Bishop Duncan and his wife Kathy on the occasion of his final visit to the Cathedral for confirmation, baptism, and teaching. The vestry expressed special thanks in a resolution and the clergy and staff presented them with a framed picture of their Cathedral Family. Bishop Duncan named The Very Reverend Johnny Cook “Dean Emeritus.” A beautiful celebration followed in the Garden—oysters, the Excelsior Band, fried chicken, the works. I am thankful for the hard work of our ECW chairs, Julie McClelland and Lucy Brady, in planning this and other events throughout the year. Beginning this summer, Rosemarie McClure will join Lucy as co-chair for the upcoming program year.
This will be an extraordinary summer in the life of Christ Church Cathedral as we host the consecration and attendant celebrations for our fourth bishop, Russell Kendrick. Provost Carolyn Jeffers has served for the past two years as chair of the diocesan Episcopal Transition Committee, giving untold hours of her time, energy, and organizational expertise to that task. All members of the Cathedral staff and numerous talented members of the Cathedral parish are now working hard to prepare for the events of July 23-26. There will be jobs for everyone as we move forward! I am thankful for the much good work that has already been done, and I want to thank you all in advance for the efforts yet to come. Stay tuned for more information!
Please keep Bishop and Kathy Duncan in your prayers as they prepare for their retirement, and please also remember Russell and Robin Kendrick and their family as they begin the process of transition into our diocese. Please also pray for the transition team and for us here in the Cathedral family as we all undertake the labors of the months ahead.
The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, Ph.D., Dean