The Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday announced its first event since an earthquake rocked the prominent Episcopal church in late August, sending spires toppling hundreds of feet to the ground.
The city landmark has been closed to the public but will host a private service Saturday, Nov. 12 to install a new bishop of the Washington Episcopal Diocese. The Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the first woman elected to oversee the diocese, replaces John Bryson Chane.
Repairing the National Cathedral
That day’s events are private but the cathedral will be open to the public the next day, when Budde preaches her first sermon as bishop. That will be the first Sunday service there since the quake; the cathedral has been holding services in the meantime at a local synagogue and a school gym.
The services launch a week of events to celebrate the building’s reopening, including concerts, lectures and interfaith worship.
Church officials have made multiple public appeals for financial support for the damaged building, which sits on the highest spot in the city and has been used for prominent events such as some presidential funeral services.
They say it will take at least$25 million to fix the damage. The regional Catholic archdiocese has donated and District Mayor Vincent Gray said he will seek federal disaster aid to help the landmark.