The Cathedral Church of Saint John has closed.
This was a sad event for many, a tragic event for some, yet we trust it will be an opportunity for all involved to explore new, brighter possibilities.
December 20, 2012 update from the Cathedral Church of Saint John:
Click here to learn what's happened at the church since its final worship service.
Closing Letter from Dean Lane
Click here to read the Very Rev. William B. Lane's letter about the closing of this church.
News Journal Article
Click here to read Kelly April Tyrrell's article in The News Journal and see Emily Varisco's photos of the last service on July 29, 2012.
Two Sermons from Dean Lane:
Click here to listen to a recording of Dean Lane's final sermon at Saint John on July 29, 2012.. A new window should open. Close the window to return here. Or, if you prefer to read the text of his last sermon at Saint John, click here.
Text of Dean Lane's "Good-bye" sermon on July 22. "To everything there is a season."
Saints Andrew and Matthew
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM), at 8th and Shipley in downtown Wilmington, invited former members of Saint John's to join their congregation. Dean Lane is now actively serving at SsAM as clergy.
Choir School Moves to
Saints Andrew and Matthew
The Cathedral Choir School of Delaware and the Cathedral Church of Saint John had been so much a part of each other's life and work that it is difficult to visualize them no longer together and engaged in mission and ministry in the Brandywine Village. Yet, as difficult as that may be, it is now a reality. I do not rejoice in that, but I do give thanks that the Choir School has found a new home at the Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.
Saints Andrew and Matthew and the Cathedral Church of Saint John share many of the same values including deep-rooted concern for urban ministry. Both also have an appreciatioin and commitent to music in worship and liturgy. Therefore, I applaud the leadership of the Choir School and of the rector and lay leadership of Saints Andrew and Matthew for making this decision and assuring the continuation of the fine tradition of the Choir School in its service to children and young people.
— The Very Reverend William B. Lane
Click here to learn more about the Choir School's move.
Article on Dean Lane, May, 2013: "Former Bethlehem dean shepherded Delaware cathedral in final days"
Click here to read Sharon Sheridan's article about Dean Lane on the Episcopal News Service website.
Photos of the Garden of Praise Dedication, Oct. 13
Click here to see a dozen photos of the Garden of Praise dedication. This service of dedication for the Cathedral Church of Saint John's Garden of Praise took place at its new location, Christ Church Christiana Hundred on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
The July, 2012 edition of The Call, our monthly newsletter.
Text, Photos, Video from the Service of Appreciation and Thanksgiving, May 19, 2012.
RECORDING: Click here to listen to the sermon given by the Most Rev. Frank Griswold (25th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church).
TEXT OF SERMON: Click here to read the text of Bishop Griswold's sermon.
PHOTOS: Click here to see 32 photos.
VIDEO: Kathleen Donnelly White takes 67 seconds to tell of her family's long history with the Cathedral Church of Saint John.
Vestry votes to close
On September 20, 2011 the Vestry recommended that the Cathedral close its operation in July 2012. The Choir School is not closing. Read more...
Acknowledging Our Past;
Welcoming The Future
On Saturday, October 30, 2010, a state-wide Service of Repentance for Slavery was held here at the Cathedral. Click here to see the video, audio, photos, and text.
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