Former Cathedral Staff

Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D.

The Right Rev. John Bryson Chane was installed as the eighth Bishop of Washington on June 1, 2002, at Washington National Cathedral. He retired in November 2011. He continues to serve the Cathedral as senior advisor for interfaith relations.

Formerly the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, California since 1996, he previously served as rector of St. Mark’s Church, Southborough, Massachusetts from 1987 to 1996; as canon pastor of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Erie, Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1987; and as curate and priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s Church, Montvale, New Jersey from 1972 to 1975. He holds degrees from Boston University (BA) and Yale Divinity School (M.Div).

Bishop Chane has chaired the Commissions on Ministry for the Diocese of Massachusetts, served as a key leader on the Massachusetts Mission, Program and Planning Committee, served as a member of the diocesan Personnel and Deployment Commission, and was a parish vacancy consultant. He was one of the original members of the diocesan Percept Team and was actively involved in restructuring the Diocese of Massachusetts.

In the Diocese of San Diego, Bishop Chane served as an original member of the diocesan Percept Team that began the development of new mission strategies for that diocese; served on the diocesan Hispanic Ministry Task Force; and coordinated the "Church Without Borders" program which links the Diocese of San Diego with the Diocese of Western Mexico and the Anglican Church of Mexico. Following a recent trip to the Middle East, he was asked to serve on the Jerusalem 2000 Committee of the National Episcopal Church. In San Diego, Bishop Chane also served as president and board member of various urban development and youth program related committees and organizations.

Prior to attending seminary, Bishop Chane worked as an urban community organizer in Boston’s South End and Roxbury. He was also employed through the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s "Just-A-Start" program, an innovative inner city housing program funded in part by HUD. While in seminary, Bishop Chane worked as a community organizer for Christian Community Action, located in the Hill District of New Haven, under a two-year grant from the national Episcopal Church and was active as a leader and trainer in racial conflict resolution with the Brandford and Hamden, Connecticut public school systems.

He has appeared on KPBS Public Radio’s "The Lounge," ABC-TV’s San Diego Newsmakers, and regularly on the Fox News Network. He also has been on ABC, CBS and NBC affiliate television news programming in San Diego. He was a guest on "Crisis in the Presidency," a Town Hall Form moderated by Josh Mankowitz, and on a special three-part series, "Race in San Diego," an ABC-TV News Special produced in conjunction with San Diego magazine.

Bishop Chane has been married for over 30 years to Karen Albright, and they have two grown sons and three grandchildren. He likes working out regularly, reading, writing, and fly fishing. As a former professional drummer, he also enjoys annual reunions with his old touring blues band.

Past Cathedral Appearances

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