The Very Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon has been nominated to be the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Indiana


Dearly Beloved,

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana made an announcement, Sunday afternoon (11/15), that I have accepted their invitation to be on their final slate of candidates to become their Eighth Bishop. Finalists were asked not to make any public statements until now. There will be a walk-about in January for finalists, the election is on February 6, and the ordination/consecration is set for June 25. I am humbled to be listed among the final slate of candidates which is rich in leadership and spiritual gifts. With that said, it is important for all of us to remember that only one bishop will be elected and the others will return to their ministries, richer for the experience. Allow me to share with you my thoughts.

First, I have been asked to accept nominations in the past and have not entered any search process. The reason I have allowed my name to be moved forward at this time is due to the generous conversations of discernment with close friends, including trusted bishops, over the past year, who encouraged me to allow my name to be moved forward to the Episcopacy. The process of discernment in Northern Indiana was an intense time of focus. It included a multi-day retreat at the Cenacle Sisters Retreat and Conference Center in Chicago. As I left the retreat, it was with a clear sense of vision and understanding of why God is calling me to discern this ministry in Northern Indiana.

Our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, along with our Vestry Executive Committee, met with me for counsel and prayer when my name was given to the search committee. I thank them for holding this in confidence as is required by the search process. Because the rest of the process was confidential, I could not notify anyone until a few days ago.

Being your Dean is a blessing and a sacred trust. During this time, we will continue to work together in this generous, life-giving community. If elected, I will continue to serve as your Dean until the week after Easter. If I am not elected, I will return to serve with a renewed sense of clarity, mission, and energy that this process has afforded me. To be clear, we are not in a search process. The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler, Executive Officer and Transition Minister of the Diocese, will be present for the 10:30 Eucharist on Sunday, November 22nd, to offer thoughts on the ways a congregation may support a rector known to be a candidate for election as bishop and to give a very broad outline of what our Diocesan policies and recommendations will include for the Cathedral's next steps and eventual search process should I be elected. Therefore, I will not be taking any appointments this week on my selection so that we can all hear, at the same time, the thoughts of Canon Nestler.

Do you recall how you felt when the names of our finalists were released several years ago? It was a time of joy and a time of uncertainty. And so, likewise, this time for Lisa and me is filled with joy and uncertainty. Loving our friends at the Cathedral, yet honoring the call to a holy vocation, places us in a very vulnerable time in our lives. So, I ask that you honor the need for privacy of Lisa and me this week as we begin to understand more fully what this process will mean for us and for you.

Know, this selection says as much about you, as a faithful community of God, as it does about me. Lisa and I ask for your deep prayers and your heart-felt support. Please lift up, too, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, that a faithful pastor will be chosen to lead them as their Eighth Bishop. May God’s will be done in all of our lives.

In Christ,

The Very Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon,

Dean & Rector

Isaiah 41:10


OUR NEW WEBSITE IS GOING LIVE IN November!!  Due to hosting convention, our Web Page was designed for the 20,000 guests that came to SLC. Now it's time to enhance YOUR local experience. Please stay with us as pictures from first class photographers Marguerite Roberts and Gerry Johnson are being added along with sermons from Bishop Scott B. Hayashi, Dean Waldon, and the talented staff of our associated clergy. Stay tuned as we join Episcopal Cathedrals across the country in offering you a top notch guest experience. For now, enjoy our scaled down version.


On behalf of the Vestry and Members of the Cathedral know that we so enjoyed hosting our annual convention. In April we will welcome you back! Until then, our Bishop Paul Jone exhibit will remain on display. If there is anything I or my staff can do for you or your ministry, just call us at 801-322-3400. Remember that our clergy are available to help in any way that we can. Our motto is- WELCOME to Salt Lake City's Downtown Episcopal Cathedral.  See our calendar for more information. -The Very Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon, Dean

-Make note- The Winter Solstice Jazz concert IN THE CATHEDRAL will take place December 21 at 7:00 PM!

-A fund raiser for Hiledegards Pantry is being scheduled.. Stay tuned for details!

-Confirmation classes are underway! See a member of the clergy any Sunday for details.


If you are passing by and feel that life is fragmenting into a vast number of irreconcilable, shattered pieces, then please know that Cathedral Church of St. Mark holds an outrageous hope that, in God alone, all aspects of life are in unity. We believe that God is the Alpha, the beginning and that God is the Omega, the ending of all things. So we are called to extravagant hospitality in the confidence that a gracious welcome is central to a cathedral’s purpose. And yes, we are part of a specific religious tradition. We are so, not because one religious tradition exclusively contains all truth, but because when one goes on a long journey toward ultimate unity, one has to depart from one specific place. Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Episcopal Diocese of Utah, is our point of departure. Our companion and ultimate confidence in the journey is Jesus Christ. We believe Him to be the clear manifestation of God’s love for the whole world and the expression that all of our lives are in ultimate unity even beyond the finality of death. In the midst of what appears to be an ever-increasing fragmentation of life, Cathedral Church of St. Mark offers a House of Prayer for all people, an abiding hope that there is a Oneness at the center of human life. Enter, pray, and may your time here be blessed.

A Brief History of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark

The Episcopal Church was much a part of the frontier heritage of the Intermountain West, and Salt Lake City was a focal point for the church's role in the area's pioneer history.  St. Mark's was the first permanent Protestant church to be established in the Salt Lake Valley.

Daniel S. Tuttle, a native of New York state, was elected by the Episcopal Church to be missionary bishop to the new territory of Montana with jurisdiction in areas that later became the states of Utah and Idaho.  He arrived in Salt Lake City July 2, 1867 and began to build a congregation. 

One of Bishop Tuttle's early concerns was for a building to house his growing congregation.  Generous Episcopalians in New York and Pennsylvania, believing they could help fight polygamy in the region, made large contributions and on July 30, 1870, the cornerstone was laid for St. Mark's Cathedral.  Blueprints for the building were donated by Richard Upjohn, founder of the American Institute of Architects and at that time the most distinguished designer of churches in America.

The simple, traditional design was based on the Bishop's desire to reflect the values and the spirit of frontier America.  "The cathedral is to be developed along lines adapted to American ideas and adjusted to American habits," he admonished.  The thick native red sandstone walls and heavy timber roof trusses reflect the determination of the designers and builders to achieve permanence in a frontier community.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the cathedral still has that original simplicity and strength.  The building is small for a cathedral, seating about 500 persons, but at the time of its construction would have held every Episcopalian in the territory.

On Nov. 15, 1870, St. Mark's Parish was formally organized, and services were held in the crypt of the unfinished building.  The cathedral was consecrated on May 14, 1874.  Bishop Tuttle noted, "When completed our church will have cost, I fear, $40,000. Alas! Alas!"  Transepts were added over the years, and the chancel and sanctuary were completed in 1901. 

The cathedral has survived moderate earthquakes, and in 1935 a serious fire gutted the sanctuary, destroying two beautiful stained glass windows over the altar.  The restoration was completed with only minor modifications to the original design.

The construction and subsequent history of The Cathedral Church of St. Mark was, and continues to be, a visible demonstration that diverse religious beliefs can thrive in Utah.  Though a minority in number, Episcopalians have always been instruments for social justice and care in this community.  By 1880, members of the church had established St. Mark's School, Rowland Hall School, and St. Mark's Hospital, all evidence of the concern for people that was the cornerstone of Bishop Tuttle's ministry.

The grace of the cathedral is symbolized in the lives of the people who, for either a brief moment of prayer, or the ministry of a lifetime, have found it to be an oasis in the desert, a place of refreshment, encouragement and strength through Word and Sacraments.

After leaving Salt Lake City, Bishop Tuttle reminisced:  "Prayers and tears and hopes and fears and sacred memories, as well as altar and walls and gifts and memorials, were consecrated in that noble building in the mountains, to which my heart turns even now in the deepest tenderness."


Meet the Cathedral's wonderful staff!

The Very Reverend Raymond Joe Waldon

The Very Revered Raymond Joe Waldon was installed as the Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in 2011. Pror to his calling to the Cathedral, he served as rector of St. Peters in Alabama. He served in South Carolina, The Central Gulf Coast, and Western Louisiana. Dean Waldon graduated from Virginia Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity. He also holds bachelor degrees in English and Journalism from Louisiana Tech with a focus on Broadcast Media.

 As Dean, Waldon directs the daily life and worship of the Cathedral, which includes over 800 people, a number that has increased since his arrival. Waldon envisions the Cathedral as a place where all people are welcome and all are able to grow in their relationship to God. Recent attendance records were set for several events including Lessons and Carols in 2014 that featured the governor and a member of the first presidency of the LDS Church. Further, Waldon has charted the Cathedral as a community wide center of worship, a place of conversation on poverty, the environment, and ecumenism. Waldon is also a noted community leader recently being featured in a Salt Lake City Magazine. He serves on a charitable board, assists with the leadership of Hildegard’s Pantry—a community resource on the premises of the Cathedral that provides food to over 30,000 annually—provides council to civic leaders, and has hosted numerous other events throughout the city.

 Waldon is also a leader within the greater Episcopal Church. He currently serves as Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Diocese of Utah, is a member of the Ecclesiastical Court, and has mentored seminarians and deacons. He serves as a Deputy at 2015 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the Convention, he will provide critical leadership as the Cathedral hosts thousands of Episcopalians from across the globe and as the House of Bishops elects the 27th Presiding Bishop from the nave of the Cathedral.

Before ordination, Waldon was an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. He enjoys golfing, is working on completing a book on prayers and enjoys studying biography, philosophy, and history. He has been married to Lisa, his wife, for 37 years; they have two adult children and two grandchildren. He celebrates 20 years of ordained ministry in 2015.

“My vision is to create an inclusive environment where all who wish may see Jesus.” (Cathedral Address, 2011)

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