Interim Dean Chosen To Lead National Cathedral

01/04/2012 06:19 pm ET

WASHINGTON -- A longtime Episcopal priest who led the St. Alban's Parish in Washington has been appointed interim dean of Washington National Cathedral.

The cathedral announced Wednesday that its governing board asked the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade to serve in a part-time role to help out until a new leader is chosen.

The massive church is in the midst of rebuilding after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August cracked parts of the building and knocked stonework off its towers.

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Lloyd III stepped down as dean in September. He returned to Boston's Trinity Church, Copley Square, where he previously served as rector.

The cathedral is hoping to have a new permanent dean in place this year.

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