Katherine B. Moorehead named dean in Florida

September 10, 2009

The Rev. Katherine B. (Kate) Moorehead has been chosen as the next dean of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida and dean of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

"For the people of St. John's Cathedral, God has now given us a new beginning -- a new chapter to begin our next 175 years," said Doug Walker, senior warden.

Many members and friends of St. John's Cathedral remember Moorehead from the time she was a cathedral intern for 11 months in 1994 and 1995, while her husband, James (J.D.), had a federal court clerkship position in Jacksonville. Moorehead preached her first sermon from the cathedral pulpit.

Prior to her call to pursue ordained ministry, her enrollment in seminary, and subsequent internship at the cathedral, Moorehead received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and the interim Episcopal chaplain. At Vassar, she received the Sara Caitlin Award for Religious Leadership.

Upon graduation from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1997, Moorehead began her ordained ministry as assistant rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. In 1999, she was called as rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Boiling Springs, South Carolina; and in 2003 she was called to be rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kansas, where she is currently serving.

Moorehead is author of two books on spirituality -- "Organic God" and "Between Two Worlds."

The Mooreheads have three school-aged sons. Moorehead will begin her ministry at St. John's Cathedral on All Saints' Day, November 1. On that Sunday, the congregation commences its celebration of thanksgiving for 175 years of parish ministry.

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