A Message from the Dean

MARCH 23, 2015

Dear Cathedral Community:

There is much I do not know about what led up to the arrest of Diane Reiners on Friday, March 13th, allegedly for driving under the influence inside the Holland Tunnel. I do not know what will unfold for Diane over the next several months.

These are the things I do know:

  • Diane has served as a valued and respected assisting (volunteer) priest among us, whose spiritual energy, intellect and humor touched many of us very deeply.
  • The charges she is facing are serious and warrant the kind of legal investigation and ecclesiastical response they will receive.
  • It will be some time before the legal and personal issues are understood and responded to, and for that period of time, at least, Diane will not be among us.
  • Our prayers for and support of Diane as she navigates these responsibilities mean a great deal to her.

However the specific truths of this situation unfold, we can all deepen and renew our understanding of and response to the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction. Few of us have not been affected by the disease, directly or because of how it has affected those we love.

As we keep Diane in our prayers, we thank God that she and others were not injured.

May we be committed to the Church as sacrament: that we be an outward and visible sign, with the inward and spiritual grace, that faces together and honestly the challenges and dangers of addiction, and helps all be drawn to the Light of recovery.

The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski