Dean’s Letter: Dreams and Visions

Hello St. Paul’s, I’ve been hearing a few questions about the masterplan, the proceeds of the 525 Olive deal, and the potential capital campaign, so I think it’s time for a refresher on the big picture of our cathedral resources. When I arrived here in early 2014, Chapter was engaged in a major project to … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Why do we do that?

Hello St. Paul’s, Recently I polled a group of parishioners for questions they would like to ask about our traditions, and they came up with a whole list. If one person is wondering, it’s guaranteed that lots of other people are too, so here are some FAQs. You might notice that in many cases, a … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Church Spaces

Hello St. Paul’s, The opening of our expanded chancel has been a great improvement for the congregation. While we still have some work to do regarding light and sound for the clergy, choir, and altar party, I am enjoying the spacious feel of our worship space. One of my concerns as we moved back into … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Parking Garage

*(See edit below for Sunday Parking) Hello St. Paul’s, This month we are entering into a contract with LAZ parking to manage our parking spaces in the garage under 525 Olive. As you may know, we now have about 70 spaces dedicated to the Cathedral on levels B1 and B2. Some of these spaces will … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Comic-Con Sunday

Hello St. Paul’s, Did you know that playfulness is a quality reserved by nature for mammals? The more primitive brain of a reptile or fish lacks the components that allow play and humor. Maybe that’s why dinosaurs always seem to be deadly serious in the movies. The ability to be playful is a sign that … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: The Library

Hello St. Paul’s, This week I want to update you on our plans for the Cathedral Library. The what? I hear you say: yes, we have long had a Cathedral Library, but it has been chronically underused, and we have limited space for it in the new building, so we have been forced to think … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Planning for our Future

Hello St. Paul’s, You may already know that nearly 10% of the operating income of St. Paul’s Cathedral comes from invested funds, rather than from current pledges and gifts. The vast bulk of those funds have come to us through the planned giving of parishioners in past times: they remembered the Cathedral in their estate … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Summer Socials

Hello St. Paul’s, Arriving at the summer season this year merits a great big sigh of relief. We have moved into the new building; we are well on the way to completing the Chancel work; the COVID pandemic, while it continues to be a factor, no longer feels as terrifying as it did two years … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Preaching the Word

Hello St. Paul’s, Last Sunday we welcomed a distinguished guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. Mark Andrew Jefferson. Mark teaches preaching at Virginia Theological Seminary and is known across the world as an outstanding preacher. We were not disappointed on Sunday! He preached two entirely different sermons at 8:00 and 10:30 – you can find recordings … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: New Doors

Hello St. Paul’s, After twenty plus years of dreams, plans, and hard work, we have arrived at a Kairos moment to relaunch our identity as the Cathedral for the City, offering new doors to walk through and new opportunities for the community around us to share in our life and benefit from our facility. We … READ MORE…

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