Beloved in Christ of St. Andrew’s,
As scripture tells us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). It is in that spirit, that I must announce to you that I am resigning as Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. My last Sunday will be July 17th.The reason for my decision is largely personal. I am exploring new ministry opportunities on the continent that will take Tina and me closer to our family (especially my 94 year old father) as well as positions that closely entwine faith and justice.This is the direction in which I feel called and compelled to pursue.
I treasured my time here as your Dean and the various things we have accomplished together. Over the past few years, in addition to our common prayer and worship, we have focused on formation and spiritual growth through the Dean’s Book Club, the Cathedral Faith Forum, the Spiritual Formation Group, Education for Ministry, and many other programs. Our youth formation program: Godly Play and The ROCK in collaboration with St. Peter’s Parish is exemplary. In addition to direct outreach to the homeless through our IHS meal preparation and Sandwich & Hygiene Ministry, we have also grown our social justice advocacy through participation in Faith Action Community Equity (FACE) and the Pacific Peace Forums. Through the Peggy Kai Memorial Fund and our Lenten workshop series we have been inspired by national and international leaders within the Anglican Communion such as the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Eric Law, Rev. Martin Smith, Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, and so many others.
I have learned a great deal as your Dean, both in times of joy and celebration as well as during difficulty and challenge.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Dean for nearly five years. I am grateful to Bishop Fitzpatrick for appointing me Dean, and to you as the Cathedral congregation for your aloha and this opportunity to travel alongside you in ministry. I will miss you all, and I will continue to pray for you.
May God continue to bless each of you and your various ministries, and may God bless The Cathedral of St. Andrew.
Respectfully submitted with Aloha and in Christ’s Name,
(The Very Rev.) Walter Brownridge