The Very Rev. Hal T. Ley Hayek was installed October 17 as dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Maryland.
"Give us wisdom to hear the needs of our brothers and sisters as our own, that we may faithfully be bread for our hungry world," said Hayek in a message to the nearly 200 people present for the installation service.
In his new role, Hayek will lead the cathedral congregation in the many outreach missions in which the parish historically participates, including Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Peace Garden, and the New Year's Day Service of Remembrance that honors all the children who died of a violent act in Baltimore the year before.
"Episcopal cathedrals are 'the holy place in the public square,' providing a sacred space for the entire community in times of distress and of celebration," said Diocese of Maryland Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton. "In the historic tradition of Anglican hospitality, cathedrals stand majestically in the center of the community, throwing open their doors to invite civil conversation and common prayer that leads to action."
Sutton celebrated the Eucharist at the service and Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina preached a rousing sermon on the Beatitudes, reflecting the mission of the cathedral, to be a house for all, a place of comfort for those who grieve, a place where the human race can be a human family. Curry also underscored Hayek's commitment to justice.
Hayek hails from the Diocese of North Carolina, having served at St. Anne's Church in Winston, Salem, for seven years. While in the Diocese of North Carolina, Hayek served as Curry's interfaith and ecumenical officer. He also worked to help develop a statewide grassroots organization with the Third Reconciliation Group on N.C. The goals were to engage churches in training and actions to deal with local issues of employment, education and health care. St. Anne's also helped to develop the Triad Interfaith Peace Witness for a regional observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21.
The Cathedral of the Incarnation is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, which includes 116 congregations covering 10 counties and Baltimore City.