January 15, 2019 - 12:42 PM
Team Spotlight: Textile Conservation Lab
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsThose who visit the Cathedral will have seen Cathedral's tapestry sets The Life of Christ and The Acts of the Apostles. What you might not know is that the reason we all enjoy those works is because of the hard-working and dedicated group of people who work in the Cathedral's Textile Conservation Lab. These 8 professionals conserve textiles of all kinds belonging to leading museums, private collectors, and clients concerned with one or more family pieces. In today's Staff Spotlight, we'll learn a little more about this team!
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.
January 4, 2019 - 10:29 AM
An Epiphany Message from the Dean
By The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III - 0 CommentsPoor Epiphany: squeezed in between the glory of the season of Christmas and the austerity of the observance of Lent. And, perhaps not so many even know what the word "epiphany"* means. Perhaps many of us know the dramatic basis of this "in between" season: The account in Matthew's Gospel of mysterious visitors coming to visit and pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews. (Matthew 2:1ff). The Greek word to describe these mysterious visitors is not "king" (i.e., "basileus") but rather the Greek word for "astrologers" ("Magi" - the Greek noun indicates male), sometimes translated as "wise men." The first thing we know about them is that they were star-gazers; their workaday world was to study the motions of the stars and to offer interpretation of the meaning of their movement.
December 2, 2018 - 12:00 AM
An Advent Message from the Dean
0 CommentsRobert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, spent his childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a boy in the 19th century, Robert was intrigued by the work of the old lamplighters who went about with a ladder and a torch, setting the street lights ablaze for the night.
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.
November 15, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Limited Access and Early Closings in the Cathedral
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November 1, 2018 - 1:45 PM
Why does the Cathedral have a Textile Conservation Lab?
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsThe story of why the Cathedral has a Textile Conservation Lab is as old as the Cathedral itself. In 1891, a year before the cornerstone of the building was laid, American art collector Elizabeth Underhill Coles donated a set of the Barberini Life of Christ tapestries to the Cathedral. Though the building itself was still a dream, Ms. Coles knew that, when finished, a Cathedral needed tapestries to decorate the walls. This momentous donation gave credibility to a dream project and created a tradition of art stewardship at the Cathedral that continues to this day.
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 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM
Happy Anniversary Barberini Tapestries!
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsVideo credit: Mike Bragg Museum Design Services Manager Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon It’s been one year since our beloved exhibition, The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome opened at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon. The exhibition debuted at the Cathedral in March 2017 as a celebration of our Textile Conservation Lab’s work to conserve the tapestries, which were donated to the Cathedral before the cornerstone was laid over 125 years ago.
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.
August 6, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Limited Cathedral Access on Tuesday, August 7
0 CommentsPlease note, there will be limited access in the Cathedral from 10 am - 11 am on Tuesday, August 7.
June 21, 2018 - 1:03 PM
How to Help Immigrant Children Separated from their Families
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsAll at the Cathedral have watched in horror as images from the border of traumatized children ripped from their parents by ICE agents flood our news feeds. Bishop Dietsche has issued a statement you can read here. While we reach out to local organizations, including Catholic Charities in New York where some of these children were transported, to learn their needs, we offer you the following list of other ways to help. Southern Poverty Law Center
June 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsToday, June 20th, is the United Nation’s World Refugee Day, held every year to “commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.” Earlier this year, we were honored to premiere Immigrant Songs by Robert Sirota on a libretto by The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota, which celebrated immigrants Rafeal Guestavino, Marina Friedenberg Stern, and Ravi Ragbir. You can hear the full song here and read the lyrics here.
June 12, 2018 - 12:50 PM
AIDS Quilt Display
By Kevin de l'Aigle - 0 CommentsLast month, we revealed a display of three panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to coincide the with Congregation of St. Saviour’s support of the NYC AIDS Walk. While we initially expected the panels to be up for just a week, we are thrilled to announce they will be on display through November! Each of the three panel contains a name of a victim of the epidemic with a close connection to our Cathedral community. In the early 1980’s, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was at the forefront of responding to the AIDS crisis when the disease first appeared in New York by providing support and sanctuary for those affected.
May 31, 2018 - 12:43 PM
Staff Spotlight: Jen Gowers
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsName: Jen Gowers Title: Executive Director, ACT Program Neighborhood/Town you live in: Harlem Length of time you’ve worked at the Cathedral: About three months What is your origin story? I had the pleasure of receiving my doctoral hood from Teachers College on this beautiful campus, and that particular encounter with this holy and magnificent space has long stayed with me. Believing deeply in young people and in their endless potential, having worked in a variety of roles in both NYC public and NYC public charter education, and living for about 15...
May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM
A Pentecost Message from the Dean
0 CommentsIn many ways, 1st century Jerusalem 2000 years ago was like NYC of 21st century. Jerusalem was an eastern crossroads of the known world. It was cosmopolitan with many languages, cultures, religions, races and political sentiments swirling around. That was the setting for the account of Pentecost in the Book of Acts. According to the reading, into the midst and mix of this seething cauldron of people and politics, religions and races gathered in Jerusalem, an amazing moment took place with an event that has been etched into human imagination and history for two millennia.
May 15, 2018 - 1:56 PM
Staff Spotlight: Nicole Toutounji
By Rebecca Merrill - 0 CommentsName: Nicole Toutounji Title: Beekeeper in Residence Neighborhood you live in: Upper West Side Length of time you’ve been associated with the Cathedral: 5 years What is your origin story? After a long career as a photographer and photo editor at UNICEF’s New York headquarters, I took beekeeping classes, joined The Honeybee Conservancy, and apprenticed with seasoned beekeepers. I always hoped that my beehives would find their home o...
April 11, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Revised Service Times from 4/30 - 5/2
0 CommentsPlease note that due to a clergy retreat from Monday, April 30 - Wednesday, May 2, the 12:15 pm Holy Eucharist will be replaced with Noonday Prayer and on Tuesday, May 1, there will be no 8:30 am Holy Eucharist.
April 1, 2018 - 12:00 AM
An Easter Message from the Dean
0 CommentsIt is a joyful thing to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but Easter does not exist as an isolated day. The Gospel accounts of the events between Palm Sunday and Easter (i.e., Holy Week) are inextricably bound to one another and must be read and understood as a seamless narrative. Holy Week without Easter ends in tragedy and death. Easter without Holy Week becomes a fairy tale. Taken together as a totality, the account becomes the story of our redemption, calling us to look honestly at issues of our past, challenges of our present and hopes for our future.