The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III was appointed 10th Dean of the Cathedral in June 2018, after having served since the previous March as Interim Dean. Dean Daniel's appointment, by The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and the Cathedral Board of Directors, was by intention a time-limited one. Now, after faithfully serving the Cathedral community for five years and in accord with that agreement, Dean Daniel will be stepping down, effective in June 2022.
Dean Daniel has been transformational in the life and mission of the Cathedral. During his tenure, the Cathedral rebounded from a serious fire in early 2019, with ongoing conservation projects returning the space to an architectural and aesthetic glory not seen in decades. Under Dean Daniel's leadership, the Cathedral began the steps towards launching a new intentional community on the Close, reaching young people from across the Christian faith. These projects and more have unfolded despite the immense challenges of the COVID pandemic, during which the Cathedral pivoted to reach its hardest-hit neighbors.
In a letter to the Cathedral Board marking the formal end of his tenure, Dean Daniel wrote, "Serving as Dean of this great Cathedral has been a signal honor of my ordained ministry, and I am profoundly grateful. Over these years, each of you has had an impact on my life and leadership. I will carry these bonds of friendship in the days ahead and hold you in my prayers always."
The Cathedral community, clergy, and staff thank Dean Daniel for his service and stewardship. More information on the Cathedral leadership transition will follow.