|It is a delight to share with you today some long-awaited updates on Cathedral staffing. With the consent of the Vestry, I am appointing several interim staff members today to permanent positions: The Rev. Canon Hipolito Fernandez Reina, who has served as our Interim Canon for Latinx Ministries, is now our Cathedral Canon. While he will still have as one of his primary responsibilities the pastoral oversight and nurture of our Congregación Latina, he will now also oversee much of our worship life, including work with worship guilds, and he will work closely with me in overseeing the development of spiritual formation programming in both languages.
The Rev. Tom Kryder-Reid, our Priest Associate for Pastoral Care, is now our Canon Pastor. In this half-time position, Tom will coordinate and oversee all of our ministries of care and nurture, including our Stephen Ministry.
Crystal Stone is now our Chief Operating Officer. She serves as our chief of staff and works to make sure that our administration, policies, and care of our historic building all support our mission and ministry.
Christopher Caruso-Lynch, our Interim Director of Music, is now our Canon and Director of Music. As Canon, he will continue to work on integrating our music ministries into the heart of our mission and life of prayer.
With this joyful news also comes one piece of bittersweet news: Nander Novaes, our Interim Associate Director of Music, has decided to conclude his ministry with us on May 31. We have so very much enjoyed Nander’s leadership with our Coro Latinoamericano, and we wish him God’s peace and blessings and look forward to thanking him on May 31. At Nander’s recommendation, Canon Chris Caruso-Lynch and I have invited our very own Paulo Castro to continue in Nander’s role. Paulo serves as a leader amongst Coro Latinoamericano and has his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Butler University.
Please join me in thanking Nander for a job well done, and in welcoming Hipolito, Tom, Chris, Crystal, and Paulo to their new positions.
— The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min., Dean and Rector