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).