The Very Rev. Dr. John P. Downey is dean of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, a position he has held since 1987. Dean Downey is known across the church as an excellent preacher and teacher, a leader among Episcopal cathedral deans, and a champion of the Episcopal Church’s ability to reach out to the contemporary world with a generous-spirited Christianity, traditional liturgy and excellent music.

Dean Downey is also canon theologian of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and was convener of the North American Cathedral Deans Conference from 2007 - 2017. He is a native of Corry, PA and is a graduate of Grove City College and Seabury Western Theological Seminary. He received a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree from Bexley-Seabury in 2014. He has previously served at three other congregations in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania: St. Laurences, Osceola Mills, Holy Trinity, Houtzdale and Grace Church, Ridgway.

Dean Downey is currently on a terminal sabbatical and will retire at the end of 2019. Here is a link to the letter sent to Cathedral members and friends on January 12, 2019.


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