Magazine article The Christian Century

Randolph Marshall Hollerith

Magazine article The Christian Century

Randolph Marshall Hollerith

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* Growing up in Alexandria, Virginia, Randolph Marshall Hollerith recalls visiting the Washington National Cathedral as it was being built, especially watching the stone carvers work. Now he is the cathedral's dean.

"I have powerful memories of that sacred space as a child," Hollerith said. "It was my first experience I had of the numinous, in the nave of the cathedral."

With his installation service planned for October 23, Hollerith begins his work as he would in any size of parish, he said.

"I'm very much in a listen-and-learn mode," he said. "I'm not someone who comes in with a preordained sense of vision.... You have to lead from the heart of the community."

The previous dean of the cathedral, which is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, retired two years before the end of his contract, at the end of 2015. Gary Hall said the cathedral was on solid financial ground, and he hoped for a successor who could commit to at least a decade as dean, including overseeing a major capital campaign. …

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