The Cathedral: Chronology

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Vandals deface the Cathedral with anti-semitic slogans, apparently to protest the Cathedral's friendly relations with New York's Jewish community. Riverside Church is also defaced. John Vernon Butler is named Dean, replacing Dean Pike who leaves to become Bishop of California.

Six thousand attend an ecumenical service to support civil rights legislation and to call for an end to racial segregation.

Bishop Donegan reveals that some wealthy donors have withdrawn financial support for the Cathedral because of his staunch support for the cause of civil rights.

Bishop Donegan puts an end to plans to complete the Cathedral in a modern style, decreeing it will remain unfinished as symbol of the anguish of the troubled communities surrounding the Cathedral.

New York City Mayor John Lindsay and Roman Catholic Archbishop Terence Cooke participate in an interfaith prayer service to address the urban crisis. Madeleine L'Engle publishes The Young Unicorns, a novel for young adults set at the Cathedral.Duke Ellington premieres his Second Sacred Concert at the Cathedral to critical acclaim.

A solemn litany listing names of U.S. servicemen killed in action is part of a nationwide protest against the escalating war in Vietnam.

Leopold Stokowski conducts Andrzej Panufnik's A Universal Prayer for orchestra and chorus.

Massive peace rally at the Cathedral. ACT, an after-school and summer program for community children, is established. ACT currently serves hundreds of children annually. Performance of Mass in F by Galt McDermott, composer of Hair.

Bishop Donegan retires and is succeeded by Paul Moore, Jr., 13th Bishop of New York. James Parks Morton is named Dean. Bishop Moore and Dean Morton expand the Cathedral's advocacy of peace, social justice and the environment.

Based on information from the Cathedral's Web Page