meet the clergy
lucinda laird, dean & rector
The Very Reverend Lucinda Laird is the Dean and Rector of the Cathedral since March, 2013.
Previously, Dean Laird served for 15 years as Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, KY, and for 11 years as Rector of St. Mark’s Church in Teaneck, NJ, serving in leadership positions in both dioceses. She has been active in the national Episcopal Church as a five time deputy to General Convention, and as a member of the Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations.
She has also served on the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary, the Board of Trustees of Berea College (Kentucky), and on the faculty of the Preaching Excellence Program.
A native of New Orleans, Dean Laird holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary. She is also a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor given by the governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding public service to a community, state or the nation.
mary haddad, CATHEDRAL canon
The Reverend Mary Elizabeth Haddad joined the Cathedral staff as Interim Priest in 2015, arriving in January and being installed as Cathedral Canon in the fall.
Canadian by birth, Mary is a 1974 communications graduate of the University of Windsor, and has followed a formative and serendipitous trail to the priesthood from working as an assistant television producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, followed by a stint as a concert manager and publicist for her alma mater’s music school to becoming proprietor of a French cafe in Windsor, and finally, to becoming a star salesperson for Toyota in Detroit.
“Everything I know about being a priest I learned selling cars.” It sounds provocative (would you buy a timeworn religion from this priest?) So she explains: “It’s all about connection and communication. If you can’t connect with the buyer, if you can’t communicate with them, then you won’t make a sale.” It’s understood that you could substitute “parishioner” or another word from the glossary of the faithful and her point would be the same.
Canon Haddad served as a verger and sexton at All Saints Church, Beverly Hills. Following a Masters of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York in 2000, she served as Senior Associate Rector at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan, Canon Pastor at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and then returned to All Saints’ Church in Beverly Hills as Interim Rector. She took a three year hiatus from full-time ministry becoming caregiver to her elderly mom in Toronto and, at the same time, becoming itinerant teacher and preacher in Hawaii.