Christiana Olsen

Former Canon for Community Life

The Rev. Canon Christiana Olsen joined the Cathedral staff as Canon for
Community Life in February 2007. Her position is a new one, reflecting the
desire of Dean Sam Lloyd to build and nurture an ongoing worshiping
congregation at the heart of the Cathedral’s life. She is charged with
developing an intentional programmatic and pastoral life for the Cathedral
Congregation and, along with the other clergy and staff, will carry out the
daily liturgical, pastoral and practical responsibilities of life on the
Cathedral Close.

Canon Olsen came to the Cathedral after serving four and a half years as
associate rector for pastoral care at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal
Church in Dallas, Texas, where she directed all pastoral care and related
programmatic life for a parish of 7,000 communicants. She has also served in
multiple capacities at Trinity Church on Copley Square in Boston,
Massachusetts, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, Connecticut,
and on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. Currently,
Canon Olsen is serving on the board of directors of the Amistad Mission, an
international non-profit agency that serves the physical and spiritual needs
of the indigenous population of Bolivia, particularly orphaned and abandoned
children in Cochabamba.

A graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Canon Olsen received her
Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and her Diploma of
Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.