The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The Right Rev. John Bryson Chane was installed as the eighth Bishop of Washington on June 1, 2002, at Washington National Cathedral. He retired in November 2011. He continues to serve the Cathedral as senior advisor for interfaith relations.

Formerly the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, California since 1996, he previously served as rector of St. Mark’s Church, Southborough, Massachusetts from 1987 to 1996; as canon pastor of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Erie, Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1987; and as curate and priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s Church, Montvale, New Jersey from 1972 to 1975. He holds degrees from Boston University (BA) and Yale Divinity School (M.Div).

Bishop Chane has chaired the Commissions on Ministry for the Diocese of Massachusetts, served as a key leader on the Massachusetts Mission, Program and Planning Committee, served as a member of the diocesan Personnel and Deployment Commission, and was a parish vacancy consultant. He was one of the original members of the diocesan Percept Team and was actively involved in restructuring the Diocese of Massachusetts.

In the Diocese of San Diego, Bishop Chane served as an original member of the diocesan Percept Team that began the development of new mission strategies for that diocese; served on the diocesan Hispanic Ministry Task Force; and coordinated the "Church Without Borders" program which links the Diocese of San Diego with the Diocese of Western Mexico and the Anglican Church of Mexico. Following a recent trip to the Middle East, he was asked to serve on the Jerusalem 2000 Committee of the National Episcopal Church. In San Diego, Bishop Chane also served as president and board member of various urban development and youth program related committees and organizations.

Prior to attending seminary, Bishop Chane worked as an urban community organizer in Boston’s South End and Roxbury. He was also employed through the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s "Just-A-Start" program, an innovative inner city housing program funded in part by HUD. While in seminary, Bishop Chane worked as a community organizer for Christian Community Action, located in the Hill District of New Haven, under a two-year grant from the national Episcopal Church and was active as a leader and trainer in racial conflict resolution with the Brandford and Hamden, Connecticut public school systems.

He has appeared on KPBS Public Radio’s "The Lounge," ABC-TV’s San Diego Newsmakers, and regularly on the Fox News Network. He also has been on ABC, CBS and NBC affiliate television news programming in San Diego. He was a guest on "Crisis in the Presidency," a Town Hall Form moderated by Josh Mankowitz, and on a special three-part series, "Race in San Diego," an ABC-TV News Special produced in conjunction with San Diego magazine.

Bishop Chane has been married for over 30 years to Karen Albright, and they have two grown sons and three grandchildren. He likes working out regularly, reading, writing, and fly fishing. As a former professional drummer, he also enjoys annual reunions with his old touring blues band.

past cathedral appearances

Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

April 24, 2011

Easter: It is in sharing, loving, and caring for one another that we are able to be touched by the very hand of God.

Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve: The Holy Land that we remember in our prayers, hymns, and Christmas carols is called holy because the land still belongs exclusively to the God who created it and who continues to hold it in trust for all the children of Abraham.

Bishop Chane: “The Parable of the Smoke Jumper”

April 4, 2010

Easter: For many in the class it was hard to understand the resurrection narratives of Jesus simply from the biblical accounts they had studied.

Bishop Chane: A Celebration of the Life of the Honorable Charles McCurdy Mathias

February 2, 2010

We give thanks to almighty God for a live well lived and a servant who was tempered and made stronger by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

January 17, 2010

Epiphany II; Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday: We now must face into the ugly truth of the abject poverty that has for too many years been quietly ignored by the international community and that has crippled this Caribbean country of Haiti.

Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

December 25, 2009

Christmas Day: And it was through a little child on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C., and a tiny baby born in Bethlehem that God reminds that the greatest gift we can give to one another is the gift of our love and the gift of ourselves.

Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve: Do we really believe that God continues to speak to us in deep dreams and in direct angelic, physical encounters?

Easter Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

April 12, 2009

Easter Day: The Resurrection of Jesus can also become your own personal resurrection; a resurrection of new life, new hope, and healing.

Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

Easter Sermon: The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

April 8, 2007

Easter Day

Bishop Chane: “A Search for the Peaceable Kingdom”

December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve