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First Hispanic woman named as Cathedral Dean in the Episcopal Church

First Hispanic woman named as Cathedral Dean in the Episcopal Church

The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, the first Hispanic woman to be elected a cathedral dean in The Episcopal Church will be installed at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday evening, February 18. Dean Howell was born and raised in the Dominican Republic is a clinical psychologist, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003.

Diocese of Connecticut:

On February 18, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell will be formally installed as Dean. Hartford’s Mayor, other city leaders, and many officials and guests from across The Episcopal Church including denominational officials in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic are anticipated to help mark this historic event: the Cathedral’s first woman and the first Hispanic woman to be elected a cathedral dean in The Episcopal Church.

Unique among the guests are those from the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church. These attendees highlight the historic 232-year relationship between Connecticut and Scotland, when, in 1784, the Rev. Samuel Seabury of Connecticut was consecrated in Aberdeen as the first American Episcopal bishop.

“I am humbled and overjoyed by the opportunity to serve as dean of Christ Church Cathedral,” said Dean Howell, “and to participate in God’s mission during times of evident adaptive changes, creativity and collaboration in the ever evolving landscape of the City of Hartford, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and in the world. I look forward to strengthening existing partnerships and fostering new ones, working in collaboration with our bishops, lay, clergy and civic leaders in Connecticut and members of the cathedral’s congregations.”

More about Dean Howell:

Howell has served as a member of the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop’s staff as Associate Program Officer for Young Adult Ministries and Leadership Recruitment at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. She recently served on The Episcopal Church’s national Task Force for Restructuring the Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church Executive Council, and is a member of The Episcopal Church Latino/Hispanic Ministries Council of Advice.

In the Dominican Republic, Howell served three congregations and as Executive Director of the Diocesan Camp and Conference Center. Before moving to Hartford, Howell served parishes in Orange and Patterson, New Jersey.



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Paula Hamby

Prayers of thanksgiving for The Very Reverend Miguelina Howell and Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut for this historic installation as Dean. May the Spirit of the living Lord, Jesus Christ, descend, bless her in her new ministry and remain with us all! I am thankful to be an Episcopalian at a tiny 153 year old mission, Immanuel Church, Ripley, TN where I have served as organist for over thirty years!

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