The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

Former Interim Director of Worship

On October 3, 2011, the Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud became Interim Director of Worship at the Cathedral, as position she held through April 28, 2012, when she accepted a call to serve as interim rector at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill in Alexandria, Virginia. She had returned to the Cathedral as a priest part-time in November 2010. Before that, Canon Sulerud had been serving the Diocese of Washington as canon for deployment and vocational ministry, a position she assumed in October 2005. Canon Sulerud had also served for a year prior to that as interim precentor at Washington National Cathedral, beginning in the fall of 2004, maintaining responsibilities as canon for stewardship for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Bishop John Bryson Chane appointed Canon Sulerud to the diocesan staff in 2002. From 1995 to 2002 Canon Sulerud served as rector of Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to that, she had been assistant rector at Grace Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and assistant chaplain for the upper school at Saint Stephen and Saint Agnes School, also in Alexandria.

Canon Sulerud is currently a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains, the board responsible for administering the General Ordination Examination each year. She has served as a spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and as a co-trainer of seminary supervisors in the Field Education office at VTS. She is active as a consultant nationally in the areas of stewardship and congregational development with a special emphasis on developing faith communities around a rule of life.

She has recently authored “The Soccer Ball,” a meditation published in the Washington Window (fall 2004); an article on stewardship for Vestry Papers (fall 2003); and the booklet Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Stewardship and Were Afraid to Ask (Feb. 2005).

past cathedral appearances

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday: The Lord of all creation is calling for an end of the victimization of the truth tellers among us, to cease partaking of endless ways of bribing our way through life…

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

December 25, 2011

Christmas Day: When God chose to make God’s home not only heaven, but this universe, this planet, and the very substance and flesh of human existence, then regardless of where we go in this life God will be there, too.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

November 27, 2011

Advent I: We seem to prefer God’s wrath and might over a fairly subtle relationship in which God speaks in ways that require a great deal of attentive and active listening on our part.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

October 23, 2011

Pentecost XIX: Loving God with our whole heart, soul, and mind and our neighbor as we love ourselves hinges on who we believe is calling us into divine and human relationships.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

September 4, 2011

Pentecost XII: As God’s people the first hope we have to offer the world is this holy ideal of work that is part of your character and your life undertaken because it has value, meaning, and profit for others as well as oneself.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

June 5, 2011

Easter VII: Unity, as imagined by Jesus, is wildly and diversely interdependent and not co-dependent on our insatiable hunger and thirst for sameness.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

May 1, 2011

Easter II: In other words, Jesus offered a transforming CPR in the breath of the Holy Spirit amid the prevailing climate of fear and anxiety, the true opposites of faith.

Canon Sulerud: “The Commerce of God”

December 26, 2010

Christmas I: The commerce of God is about the priceless gift of God’s own Son to humankind and all of creation for reconciliation.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

August 29, 2010

Pentecost XIV: To understand God’s reconciling work we have to spend some uncomfortable time at dinner with Jesus.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

August 23, 2009

Pentecost XII: On all of the graves at Terezin are stones left by mourners to pave the way from this life of suffering to an eternal life of peace.

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

August 17, 2008

Pentecost XIV

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud

July 30, 2006

Pentecost XVIII