The Cathedral of St. John will welcome Bishop Hunn and members of the Diocesan staff to the Cathedral in early January 2021. As many of you know the Trustees of the Property of the Diocese made the decision to sell the Bosque Center. If you have not had an opportunity to view Bishop Michael’s address to the diocese concerning this matter you may view it here: Facebook.com/bishopmichaelhunn and scroll down to “Weekly Update of September 12: The Bosque Center and Bishop’s Ridge”.
This is an exciting move for both the Diocese and the Cathedral as it will allow closer collaboration and enhanced opportunities for ministry for both entities. This decision also grants budgetary improvements to all parties.
Careful consideration is being given to space allocation. All ministries and activities of the Cathedral will continue without interruption. In reality, this has given us the opportunity to re-vision our use of space and to more effectively and efficiently use our facilities.
- Our Sextons, Mason and Victor will now have an office on the lower level of the building and all of their supplies will be organized in areas adjacent to their office.
- Kathleen and the Finance office will move to the first floor across from the Dean’s Lounge.
- Plans for exact placement of the Diocesan offices is under development awaiting assistance from an architect.
- The Cathedral main offices will remain in their current place.
Dean Kristi and Bishop Hunn will address the Cathedral via Facebook Live next Wednesday, September 30, with further information concerning the move. Please plan to tune in.
Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean or Wardens.
Elevator: Our elevator is out of order at the moment due to a number of problems which must be repaired before becoming operational and approved for use. The repair expense is close to $5,000; however, the replacement cost is closer to $100,000; therefore we have elected to have repairs made.
Structural Assessment: Our structural engineer from Chavez-Grieves continues their assessment of our facilities and assures us that we are in no danger of catastrophic events. We do know, at this point, that we will need to take care of some issues in the mortar work on the exterior. We will keep the congregation updated as more information is available.
On a more personal note: I happened to be at the Cathedral for a meeting with our structural engineer close to the time of our first Wednesday on-line celebration of the Eucharist. While sitting in the Church, worshiping with people I love, I came to more clearly understand how difficult it is to be physically separated from one another. Though extremely grateful for technology that makes it possible for us to gather virtually for worship, I so look forward to the time we can gather together in our magnificent Cathedral. The clergy, staff, and vestry are working very hard to make that possibility a reality as soon as possible.
Peace and blessings to everyone. Faithfully, Diane Butler, Jr. Warden