Dear Friends of Washington National Cathedral,
As we begin Holy Week with our sights set on the promise of resurrection, it gives me great joy to announce two new additions to the Cathedral staff.
The Rev. Dr. Rosemarie (Rose) Logan Duncan will join us as Canon for Worship in mid-May. Rose is known to many of us as a gifted liturgist, strong administrator, and caring pastor. For the last 11 years, Rose has served nearby as associate rector at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church. As a D.C. native and cradle Episcopalian, Rose knows this city, the diocese, and our cathedral well.
“My hope,” Rose says, “is to work collaboratively with the cathedral staff to support its rich liturgical tradition and explore ways to expand the worship experience to reflect the ever increasing diversity of our people.” Rose has helped plan many public services at the cathedral, and she is beloved across this diocese. We will be blessed by her leadership among us.
In other good news, the Rev. Andrew (Andy) Barnett has accepted our call as Associate for Worship and Music. If you attended Diocesan Convention or the recent Absalom Jones celebration, you saw Andy and his Theodicy Jazz Collective bring down the house with their innovative approach to Anglican worship. Andy will join us in August, working closely with both the music and worship staffs. Members of Theodicy will join Andy for special events services at the Cathedral.
Andy has composed and played for cathedrals across the United States and Great Britain, and Theodicy has a growing, enthusiastic following in Episcopal churches nationwide. Here is how Andy describes his vocation: “I seek to expand Anglican tradition without abandoning it – blending the ancient rites of the Church with jazz rhythm and harmony, gospel music, and global song.” He is also an environmentalist and teacher, currently serving at Campbell Hall Episcopal School in Los Angeles and at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills.
Rose and Andy will work closely with Canon Michael McCarthy, the cathedral clergy, and our team of dedicated worship leaders and musicians. I know from watching Rose at St. Columba’s that she will provide steady leadership and set a warm and welcoming tone in worship. Andy will bless us with his music and sacramental gifts, strengthen our relationship with schools on the close, and help expand our worship repertoire while still cherishing the liturgies for which this Cathedral is known.
Please join me in welcoming Rose and Andy, as together we strive, in our time, to serve Christ and the Cathedral’s unique vocation to be a house of prayer for all people.
The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde
Bishop of Washington
Interim Dean of Washington National Cathedral