The recently nominated dean of the Washington National Cathedral will begin work in the midst of the major repair project caused by the August 2011 earthquake. Reverend Gary Hall of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan said he was inspired by the regional and international outpouring of support for the rehabilitation project, which would cost roughly $20 million and take several years to fully repair.
“The cathedral is really an iconic structure in American religious life,” Hall said. “It is the nation’s church. It’s where we have presidents’ funerals. It’s where we celebrate wonderful events. It’s where we mourn together in times of tragedy.” Hall’s nomination is set for approval later in August. He would begin at the cathedral on October 1.