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on May 16, 2017 at 2:35 PM, updated May 16, 2017 at 3:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD – The Right Rev. Douglas Fisher, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, will preside at the installation Friday of the Very Rev. Thomas Callard as the eighth Dean of Christ Church Cathedral.
“The cathedral community has been enriched by Tom’s leadership. He has a heart for the poor, a passion for justice and a commitment to ecumenical and interfaith work,” said Fisher of Callard’s ministry, most recently as priest in charge, here during the last four years.
“In the last 18 months, Tom has directed the ministry of our cathedral in bold and creative directions. I am convinced that Tom will lead the cathedral into God’s future of mercy, compassion and hope.”
Callard, who holds a master of divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, came to the cathedral to serve as canon and diocesan Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministry in 2013.
The bilingual Callard, who was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Los Angeles at the time, was responding to a request from the Very Rev. James G. Munroe, then dean.
Munroe retired in 2015, and Callard has since served as priest-in-charge. He was called by the cathedral’s chapter to be dean in February.
The church, which is celebrating is 200th anniversary, is the diocesan cathedral on Chestnut Street.
Prior to his ministry in California, Callard, who served as a missionary in Honduras, was vicar of St. Luke/San Lucas Parish in Chelsea. He and his wife Sagrario have three children.
The bilingual installation service will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. A reception will follow.