The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade

Former Interim Dean

The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade served as the National Cathedral’s interim dean from January 6, 2012 to the end of September 2012. Wade was called on a part-time basis to focus on spiritual guidance and support to the Cathedral during its search for and transition to the tenth full-time Cathedral dean.

A graduate of the Citadel and Virginia Theological Seminary, Wade was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1966. He led congregations in his native West Virginia for seventeen years, before being called as rector of St. Alban’s Parish—on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.—where he served until his retirement in 2005.

Wade’s sermons have been published in a variety of anthologies. His meditations as chaplain to the House of Deputies at the 2000 General Convention of the Episcopal Church were published by Forward Movement Press and recorded by the Episcopal Media Center under the title Jubilee People, Jubilee Lives. Wade’s Art of Being Together: Common Sense About Life Long Relationships has been released in print by Forward Movement Press and as an audio book by the Episcopal Media Center. Church Publishing Company launched his second book, Transforming Scripture, in 2008. He is a frequent contributor to Forward Movement publications including Forward Day by Day.

After serving on the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, Wade served as co-chair for the General Convention special committee focusing on Episcopal-Anglican relations in 2006. He served as chaplain to the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church—his twelfth convention as a deputy. He is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, and has taught pastoral theology at both General and Virginia seminaries. He continues to serve as a consultant to a variety of congregations and church institutions. He and his wife, Mary Jane Criss, have two children and five grandchildren.

past cathedral appearances

Sermon: The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade

April 9, 2015

A Celebration of the Life of Norman Scribner

Sermon: The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade

August 3, 2014

Pentecost VIII: Wrestling at the Jabbok

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “The Failure of Religion”

April 18, 2014

Good Friday: One reason Jesus died was a failure of religion and people still die from it.

Sermon: The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade

May 7, 2013

Sermon: Holding life lightly and letting it go gracefully is the very heart and essence of living well.

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “Being Salt”

September 30, 2012

Pentecost XVIII: The Christian view is not only that there is life beyond the grave but that it is intricately and intimately connected to life before the grave.

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “The James Test”

September 2, 2012

Pentecost XIV: The way we live not only reveals what we believe, it is the only way to find out if what we believe is true.

Sermon: The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade

August 19, 2012

Pentecost XII: The generous connectivity of God is in us like bread we eat, intertwined with our lives like the wine we drink.

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “Truth and Love in an Election Year”

August 5, 2012

Pentecost X: Consider then the counter-intuitive possibility that the way to be less blown about by crafty trickery is to seek truth through the primitive act of love called listening.

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “The 23rd Psalm”

July 22, 2012

Pentecost VIII: There are holy places and things to learn, there are beliefs to discover but none of them trump the simple fact that you and God are always in the same place at the same time.

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “Writing the Book of Lamentations”

July 1, 2012

Pentecost V: We forget that it is wisely said that if two people agree on everything, one of them is not necessary.

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “God’s Seedlings”

June 17, 2012

Pentecost III: God wants us dancing to the music of God’s intended future, living into the time that is not yet but sure to come.

The Rev. Dr. Wade: “The Cathedral and the Kalapalo”

June 3, 2012

Trinity Sunday