Boston Priest Nominated as New Dean of Washington National Cathedral

Bishop John Bryson Chane of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington has nominated the Reverend Samuel T. Lloyd III, an Episcopal priest currently servicng as rector of Trinity Church, Copley Square, in Boston, Massachusetts, as the new Dean of Washington National Cathedral. This announcemnet was made by the bishop at a meeting of the Catheral Chapter on November 10.

Once appoved by the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, Lloyd it expected to assume a position in early 2005, overseeing an operation budget in excess of $16 million, a staff of nearly 200, more than 1,100 volunteers and the National Cathedral Association with 14,000 members from around the nation.

Washington National Cagthedral is regarded as a national religious institution, which attracts prominent visitors and is the site of many nationally significant events and religious services, as well as host to many well-attended forums on vital public issues.

“Sam Lloyd is a man who is at home as a leader and scholar, a preacher and a pastor,” stated Chane at the meeting on Wednesday, showing that his trust in the reputation of Lloyd was one reason for his coice. “I have known of Sam’s work and ministry for years and look forward to working with him as a colleague.”

Lloyd has served since 1993 as rector of historic Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston. Earlier in his career he was chaplain of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and rector of the Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, Illinois. While an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in the early 1980s, Lloyd also served as assistant to the rector and chaplain at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.

Lloyd holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia in addition to a divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has also obtained literature degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Mississippi. Lloyd currently serves as a regent of the University of the South, a trustee of the Episcopal Media Center, and a member of the Board of Ministry at Harvard University.

“My years at Trinity Church have focused on developing a community of generous-spirited, intellectually alive, faithful Christians at the center of a major city,” Lloyd said. “It is an exciting challenge to engage similar work, only this time for a Cathedral committed to articulating and embodying the Christian faith in ways that can serve the city of Washington, the nation, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion. I am humbled and honored to be called to this post in these critical times.”

Lloyd is assumed to begin his Cathedral ministry early in 2005, once appoved by the Board of Trustees. The date for his official installation ceremonry has not yet been set.

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