August 1, 2019 - 2:39 PM
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsThis week was scaffolding week at the Cathedral as crews both inside and out worked to erect massive scaffolding. Outside, crews working to repair the dome scaled the south side of the Cathedral, which, at times, blocked off parts of the Upper Drive. At the same time, ACT’s water carnival filled the drive with water rides, providing a much needed cool-down from this week’s high temperatures. Inside the Cathedral, workers began building the scaffolding in the Great Choir and in the Chapel of St. James that will be used for workers to clean the su...
March 20, 2019 - 2:12 PM
Dean Daniel on Stage at the Met!
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsDean Daniel fulfilled a lifelong dream to be on stage at the Metropolitan Opera last week, when he took the stage during the triumphal march in the opening of the second at of Aida. Thankfully for all of us, NY1 was there!
January 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM
The Peace Tree Explained
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsAs the Cathedral becomes decorated for Christmas, one piece that often catches visitors’ eyes is Peace Tree in the Cathedral’s Narthex and many wonder why, exactly, the Cathedral has a Christmas Tree covered in 1000 paper cranes.
November 29, 2018 - 12:55 PM
Help Make the Holidays Special for Families in Need
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsAs the holidays draw near, many of us are thinking of those who might need some support to make the season special and warm. Cathedral Community Cares has many ways those looking to help can lend an extra hand.
October 31, 2018 - 11:47 AM
Dean Daniel welcomes the New York Restoration Project
By The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III - 0 CommentsOn Monday, October 29th, we welcomed the New York Restoration Project for their annual Hulaween Gala. The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, Dean of the Cathedral, greeted the guests with these words: What a joy to welcome you here tonight to this great Cathedral of St. John the Divine and this wonderful gala. We give thanks to Bette Midler and the Board of the Restoration Project for the great vision and work the Restoration Project does in NYC to bring beauty, wholeness and loveliness to the city and its people. Restoration of the earth’s environment is crucial to our well-being and that of our planet. And that is just the beginning of the need for restoration. We need the restoration of civility in our national life and put an end to division...
September 13, 2018 - 1:01 PM
Conservation and Restoration of Diocesan House Façade
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsThe entrance above Diocesan House, which was built in 1912, is comprised of ornate stonework that surrounds windows to an office on one floor and an apartment on another.
August 22, 2018 - 12:12 PM
Bishops of New York Donations for Indian Flood Relief
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsOn Monday, August 20th, Bishops Dietsche, Shin and Glasspool sent this letter to the people of the Diocese of New York about the flooding in Kerala, India. They encouraged all members of the diocese to learn more about the flooding, pray for those affected, and, if so moved, to donate to support to the diocese in their relief efforts.
November 28, 2017 - 10:47 AM
The Cathedral Gives Back
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsPhoto by Geordie Wood courtesy Magnum Foundation “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The Right Reverend Dan Daniel quoted Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount when asked about the Cathedral’s commitment to tithing. Typically seen as a way for people of faith to give back to the church, Dean Daniel takes the tradition a step further, viewing it as a sacred obligation for the Cathedral to give back to the community. “When I balance my checkbook at the end of the month, I can see very clearly what my priorities are and if my actions are living up to my values,” Dean Daniel said. “The...
November 16, 2017 - 2:34 PM
Red Sand Sculpture by Chris Pellettieri
By Ruth Mueller-Maerki - 0 CommentsWho among you has not wondered about the red sandstone sculpture by the Cathedral's south side door? The red sandstone sculpture depicts a man and a boy under a large tree in which a bird is perched carved by Cathedral Artist in Residence Christ Pellettieri. At a recent lecture, Chris told the audience that it had been inspired by a story he had read in the New Yorker.
November 7, 2017 - 1:43 PM
Donations needed for Thanksgiving supper!
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsWe need you to help make our annual Thanksgiving supper at the Cathedral Community Cares Sunday Soup Kitchen a success!
September 18, 2017 - 11:16 AM
Social Justice and Immigration Events at the Cathedral
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsThe Episcopal Church has taken a song stand against the immigration policies proposed by the current presidential administration. Recently, in a statement supporting DREAMers, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said, “Humane and loving care for the stranger, the alien, and the foreigner is considered a sacred duty and moral value for those who would follow the way of God.”
July 31, 2017 - 11:45 AM
Cathedral Red-tailed Hawks
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsThere are many creatures that call the Cathedral Close home, including a pair of Red-tailed Hawks who return to the Cathedral every summer to nest. In early June, a few weeks after other notable Red-tailed Hawk duos in Central Park and Tompkins Square Park, our pair hatched three babies. The adolescent hawks, now in a period of development called fledgling, are in the processes of learning to hunt on their own in order to eventually leave the safe confines of the Close. Once they fly off, these hawks won't return to the Close but we'll see their parents next summer as the process begins again. Pictures from Susan Kirby.
May 8, 2017 - 2:53 PM
Divine Bees on the Move!
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsDue to upcoming construction on the Cathedral School, last week our Divine Bees moved from their current home near the school to a secluded area behind Diocesan House. Our volunteer beekeepers and facilities staff made sure the whole operation went off without a hitch!
April 27, 2017 - 2:25 PM
Peacocks Get Clean Bill of Health
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsJust like your pets, the three peacocks that call the Cathedral Close their home need regular checkups! On Wednesday, April 26, Lorelei Tibbetts and a team from The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine stopped by to check in on Jim, Harry, and Phil. Everything checked out with our favorite feathered residents, and they are back to patrolling the Close!