The last few months have been a bit like a yo-yo—at least for me. At times the days drag on and it seems like we’re stuck in a bad dream. At other times I’m surprised that we’ve already been in pandemic mode for over 4 months—where does the time go? But time does march on, and there have been many things happening around the country and around the world. Here at the Cathedral, there have also been many things happening in recent weeks.

I’m happy to say that Dean Kristi was able to reunite with her family, pack up the homestead in Oklahoma and make the big move with the whole family to Albuquerque. During this time, a committee made up of several members of the Vestry, including myself, reviewed the profiles of candidates for the new Associate Clergy position. We spoke with each candidate and made our recommendations to Dean Kristi. Ultimately, hiring a new Associate Priest will be her decision. I was very happy to be a part of the discernment process, and I greatly appreciate the other members of the committee. Your Vestry is filled with a delightful and diverse group of faithful stewards, and it has been a pleasure working with all of them. 

Diane Butler has been keeping you all up-to-date on the great work being done to maintain our amazing windows and organ. We’ve also been discussing ways to cut costs to services like our phone, internet and copier services that won’t diminish our capacity to serve, but will save the Cathedral a significant amount of money. 

Of course, we’ve also been working on our Phase II plan to reopen the doors of the Cathedral. As cases have surged in recent weeks in the states surrounding New Mexico, and cases have risen right here in Albuquerque, we’re taking a cautious, thoughtful approach to reopening. We will be sharing our plans in the coming weeks, but we are working diligently to make informed choices that best serve our community. 

Lastly, I’d like to thank you for continuing to be such a caring and generous community. Your contributions have helped us continue our online ministry, allowed us to continue serving our neighbors in need through the food pantry, and inspired us to find new ways to connect with our existing members and new members across Albuquerque and beyond. You are all wonderful!

Zac Van Note, Senior Warden