Cathedral of St. John the Divine Blog

Dean Daniel welcomes the New York Restoration Project THE RIGHT REVEREND CLIFTON DANIEL III OCTOBER 31, 2018

On 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 and hatred.
We in this nation need the restoration of the right of all citizens of our nation to live in safety without fear of becoming victims of hate crimes against them no matter what their race, religion, identity or orientation.
We need restoration of hope and trust in our elected leadership, beginning with the great pumpkin in the White House.

Tonight, we celebrate the Restoration Project and its founder, Bette Midler. She is an inspiration to all of us and her vision is a energizing symbol of the demands and work of restoration that lie before us.

Conversation and Restoration of Diocesan House Façade REBECCA MERRILL SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

The 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.

Diocesan House front view, 1919

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Bishops of New York Donations for Indian Flood Relief REBECCA MERRILL AUGUST 22, 2018

On 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.

The Cathedral Gives Back REBECCA MERRILL NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Photo 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 same is true of the Cathedral. I want to be able to do more than just talk about the things we believe in here, but also show our beliefs in action. We do this through our programs—Cathedral Community Cares, Adults and Children in Trust, and the myriad of events that help underserved populations, but also through donating to causes that we believe in.”

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Red Sand Sculpture by Chris Pellettieri RUTH MUELLER-MAERKI NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Who 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.

sculpture far away

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Donations needed for Thanksgiving supper! REBECCA MERRILL NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Turkey Dinner

We need you to help make our annual Thanksgiving supper at the Cathedral Community Cares Sunday Soup Kitchen a success!

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Social Justice and Immigration Events at the Cathedral REBECCA MERRILL SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

The 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.”

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Cathedral Red-tailed Hawks REBECCA MERRILL JULY 31, 2017

There 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.

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Divine Bees on the Move! REBECCA MERRILL MAY 8, 2017

Due 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!

Beekeepers pack bees

Beekeepers move bees

Peacocks Get Clean Bill of Health REBECCA MERRILL APRIL 27, 2017

Just 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!

vet outside hutch

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