Lucinda Conger

I was a professional librarian, in colleges and government, from 1964–2000, retiring in 2001 from the US Department of State Library. In 1976, I came to the Cathedral as both a regular worshiper and as a volunteer, starting in the Cathedral’s Development office and serving on fund-raising committees—meeting staff and friends along the way—for nearly four decades.

I joined the Usher Corps on Palm Sunday, 1976, serving as co-captain of the Nave during the Bicentennial, and became a lay reader and a communion minister in the late 1970s. Before the Congregation was formed, I participated in the SOME program and have contributed to Martha’s Table since it began. My husband Bruce served on the Volunteer Council. We joined the Cathedral Founders Society, indicating that we have named the Cathedral in our wills. As the Congregation was forming, I was invited to serve on the Cathedral Congregation Pastoral Care Advisory Committee; since 2008, I have been Coordinator of its Prayer Ministry. The Reverend Ann Brower recruited me for the Healing ministry and I continue to knit for the Knitting ministry started by Susan Burt.

I remember the nave before it was completed. In 1975, I attended a Palm Sunday service which was jammed with people, many sitting as I was, on the steps of the cloister. It was a far cry from the neighborhood Episcopal church I attended as a child. Yet the music was the same, the emotion was the same. When I first ushered, only the 11 am service was held in the nave. This service was usually Morning Prayer. It was a great honor to carry the offertory forward from the back of the nave to the high altar at Christmas and Easter—even more so, if the service were televised. I did it several times. My family and friends were delighted to see me on television in such a magnificent setting.