Just after the New Year, the Cathedral Chapter announced the formation of a committee charged with identifying and recommending the tenth Cathedral dean; the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade would serve as part-time interim dean as that search moved forward.

Wade, who took up his position on January 6, served from 1983 until retirement in 2005 as rector of St. Alban’s Parish on the Cathedral Close. Throughout those years, and since, he distinguished himself as a guest preacher from the Canterbury Pulpit. He is an adjunct professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he earned both M.Div. and D.Min. degrees, and has also taught at General Theological Seminary in New York. His sermons and writings, including the book Transforming Scripture, have been extensively anthologized and published.

The search committee, chaired by Alexander H. Platt and vice-chaired by longtime NCA leader Craig M. McKee, includes representatives from the Cathedral Chapter, Foundation Board of Trustees, the Diocese of Washington, and the Episcopal Church.

The Cathedral’s self-study, analysis, and subsequently adopted Strategic Plan informs the committee’s search for an “exemplary national leader.” Members hope to call the new dean by the end of the year.