On the evening of Tuesday, February 7, an array of governance members and representatives of institutions from across the Cathedral Close gathered for a special Choral Evensong in thanksgiving for the ministry of Canon Kathleen A. Cox, who served as executive director and chief operating officer of Washington National Cathedral through December 2012. Canon Cox’s time on Mount St. Alban spans many years—her children have attended all three Cathedral schools—but her work as one of the Cathedral’s senior leaders began in 2008, when then-dean Samuel T. Lloyd iii appointed her to a role with responsibility for all non-ecclesiastical and operational matters at the Cathedral.
The Rev. Dr. James P. Wind (former Chapter chair) and Sheri Jackson (executive assistant to the dean) read the lessons at the service attended by Canon Cox and her family. Andrew Hullinger, senior director for finance and administration, was cantor; the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sang under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy. The Rev. Gina Campbell, director of worship, officiated; Dean Gary Hall gave a welcome; and the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, was also in attendance. The homily was offered by the Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, recently elected president of the Anglican Communion’s Compass Rose Society.
Following the service, toasts and tributes were given in thanksgiving for the ministry of Canon Cox. A letter also came from former Dean Sam Lloyd in Boston, which was about to be hit by a blizzard, warmly reflecting on the significant challenges that Cox was able to lead the Cathedral through.