Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bishop Peter Lee named interim dean of American Cathedral in Paris

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Bishop Peter James Lee will become interim dean of the American Cathedral in Paris in early 2012.

The announcement was made by the Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, bishop-in-charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, according to an article posted on the Anglican Communion News Service.

The current dean, the Very Rev. Zachary Fleetwood, will resign as dean of the American Cathedral in October and move to Edinburgh to become rector of St. Columba's-by-the-Castle. Fleetwood has served as cathedral dean since 2003.

"Bishop Lee brings a lifetime of experience to the position, assuming leadership at a critical period in the life of the cathedral community,” said Whalon.

In October, the cathedral will break ground on the largest capital improvement project since the church was constructed in 1886. The two-year long project includes plans to modernize the cathedral's physical plant, to create new space to accommodate the parish's growing ministry and mission needs, and to provide expanded office space for the cathedral staff and the offices of the convocation.

The origins of the American Cathedral, a congregation in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, date to the 1830s when U.S. Episcopalians began to gather for worship in Paris. The current cathedral was consecrated on Thanksgiving Day in 1886 and has since served as a center for worship for Americans and other English-speaking people in Paris.

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