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Good Word 5/1/21

MAY 1, 2021

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

Come Worship With Us!

Beginning this Sunday, May 2, Christ Church Cathedral will once again offer in-person worship opportunities (with restrictions). We are excited to welcome worshippers back to the building at 8 am, 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm (on the lawn). For anyone who has not reserved their tickets, we will continue streaming the 10 am and 1 pm services at To attend next Sunday, May 9, be sure to reserve your tickets by Wednesday, May 5.

Pre-registration and COVID-19 precautions will be required for all attendees. Pre-registration allows us to communicate directly and efficiently with attendees in case plans change due to weather or rising cases of COVID-19.

We look forward to seeing you!

Celebrate Pentecost in the Park


On Pentecost Sunday, we will celebrate with one live, bilingual service at 11 am in lieu of 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm services. This service will be held outside at Military Park. Attendees must bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

In addition to baptizing several new members into the church on Pentecost, we will honor all new graduates during the service. If you know someone graduating from high school, college or other program, email Executive Coordinator Lauren Good at

Remember, Renew, Rise

Our Dean and six CCC leaders (Andrea Hunley, Matthew Stevenson, and Jude Magers from the Vestry and Ann Schultz, Emily Schrock, and Raquel Salvador from the congregation) will soon lead the people of Christ Church Cathedral in a discernment process to help us listen for God’s particular call to us as a parish community, as a Cathedral for our diocese, and as a church for the Mile Square neighborhood of Indianapolis.

We’re calling this season Remember, Renew, Rise. We will engage in a season of learning, listening, reflection, conversations, and experiments from May to December 2021 that will refresh our souls and help us to clarify what our mission and vision is, particularly where God is inviting Christ Church Cathedral to say a profound, joyful “yes” and a thoughtful, respectful “no” in shaping our collective ministry and mission over the next three to five years. We’ll share progress reports along the way and plan to have a comprehensive plan to present at our Annual Meeting in January 2022.

Easter Joy: Sweet Samples from the Arts


Easter’s good news that God’s love reigns over death’s powers has long inspired painters and sculptors, composers and virtuosi, poets and storytellers. This three-part offering explores selected works from the visual arts (April 28), music (May 5), and prose and poetry (May 12). Whether or not you attended the first week, you’re sure to enjoy these sessions. Join the Rev. Tom Kryder-Reid on this fascinating exploration. Let Easter joy find you from the arts.

Image credit: LeCompte, Rowan and Irene LeCompte. Christ shows himself to Thomas, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

A Survey Coming Your Way

In this season of resurrection and new life, Christ Church Cathedral is experiencing rebirth in several ways. As we slowly re-open our doors to worship, we are considering how to strengthen ministries and explore new ones. We want to hear from our members at this important time. “What do you value about the Cathedral? What do you look forward to? How will your participation change?”

To help us gather input, please participate in an upcoming survey. Watch your inbox for a message from with the subject line Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis.

This email will include a unique link to a Survey Monkey questionnaire tied to your email address. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete, but it will provide valuable information particularly for the Vestry and our stewardship ministry. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Old Friends: Concert Rewind

Enjoy a replay of this wonderful recital by former CCC organists Michael Gebhart and Simon Thomas Jacobs. Michael and Simon play works by J.S. Bach and works four hands on the Ruth Lilly Memorial Gallery Organ. Our next concert event, “Preludes and Portraits” featuring pianist Clare Longendyke, is coming to a screen near you on Saturday, May 29 at 6:30pm!

Holy Hike at White River State Park


Join us for a Holy Hike as we gather outside the Visitor Center at White River State Park at 801 W. Washington St. (across from the JW Marriott) in Indianapolis. Paid parking is available at the Visitor Center. Holy Hikes is a national network of ministries, including the Diocese of Indianapolis, that helps people renew their relationship with the earth, the church, their neighbors, and their Creator. Participants are asked to wear masks and maintain social distance while walking. This hike will be wheelchair accessible.

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The Diocesan newsletters include meditations from Bishop Jennifer, news from other local churches, invitations to events, updates on diocesan policy and more. The general newsletter and leadership newsletter are published on alternate Wednesdays. Both publications are open to anyone who would like to subscribe. Check out their archives.

Ready to Grow in Your Faith?

Are you interested in deepening your faith by studying the scriptures, church history, and theology while engaging in meaningful theological reflection? CCC’s Education for Ministry (EfM) program, developed and overseen by The School of Theology–University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, provides mentored small groups to study and engage with others in life’s discovery of the spiritual journey with God, a journey truly unique—individually and communally—as it is lived out in daily life.

Groups meet weekly for 2.5-hour sessions from September through May. There are daytime and evening meeting options. Although EfM is a four-year certificate program, we know life sometimes interrupts our best plans, so participants are asked to reaffirm their commitment each June.

Newcomers, former participants, and program alumni are most welcome!

Sacred Space Yoga: Online and on the Lawn


The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and we’re happy to invite you to in-person, all-levels yoga classes beginning May 5.

In-person classes will be held (weather permitting) each Wednesday at noon on the church lawn. No experience is needed, just wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement. As we are observing social distancing measures, attendees should bring their own yoga mats.

Live, online classes (via Zoom) are also still available Monday evenings at 5:30 pm.

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