Search Committee Update - Feb. 2023
By Kristin Johnson
In the last few updates from the search committee, we shared news about the necessary processes we have gone through to begin our work. These have included diocesan training, reviews of our parish profile and the development of an extensive list of thoughtful interview questions and procedures that will help us gather a deep understanding of our prospects.
We are happy to report that, at this time, we have a list of more than fifty prospects from a variety of referrals, and have moved into the next phase of our search which involves research about each one of them. Thankfully, we can learn a lot about our prospects on-line, through their publications, personal and/or church websites, etc. Search committee members are busy at work reading about these individuals and the roles they play within their respective congregations. During the pandemic, most churches began live streaming and recording church services which has created a wonderful opportunity for the committee to view the sermons and preaching styles of any prospects.
We are still in the early phases of the selection process but we are highly encouraged by the number of referrals we have received and the notable experience of these priests.Personally, I have been incredibly moved by the work of this committee and the individuals who serve on it. The thoughtfulness, love and appreciation for the Cathedral and its congregants is profound and it gives me tremendous confidence that we will identify a Dean who exhibits those same qualities.
We are grateful for your patience and continue to ask for your prayers, specifically that the Holy Spirit guides us in this work.