As we close the door on the 2020-2021 school year, we at Cathedral are exceedingly grateful for the strong, caring community that makes up the Cathedral family. Remaining connected to Cathedral alumni feels more important now than ever before. We wish you all a restorative, regenerative summer and look forward to continuing our connection via this newsletter, other publications, events, and more. If you would like to help foster this connection as a volunteer, please reply to this email—we would love to partner with you!
Cathedral Class of 2020: At Long Last!
The members Class of 2020 may be entering Tenth Grade in the fall, but they were still excited and eager to celebrate this milestone with their Cathedral family!
On Saturday, June 12 we were, at long last, able to host an in-person Diploma Ceremony for the class. The 2020 graduates had a chance to process through the Cathedral, receive their diplomas and do the traditional "cap toss" on the Cathedral steps. It was a joy to see our incredible young alumni complete this rite of passage!
Congratulations, Cathedral Class of 2021!
A new group of intrepid Cathedral graduates are off to high school
Fortunately, we were able to have all our 8th Grade families here on the Close for 2021 Commencement activities. After a Bookplate Ceremony, Reception on the Pulpit Green and Graduation in the Cathedral, these 8th Graders officially became the newest class of Cathedral School graduates!
Commemoration of the Nelson Green
Above (Top): Marsha Nelson speaks at the Commemoration, (Left): Former Board Presidents John MacKerron, Kristin Kearns-Jordan and Angie Karna unveiling the Nelson Green commemorative plaque, (Right): The Choristers perform Dona Nobis Pacem
One of our first in-person events of the school year was the Commemoration of the Nelson Green, honoring Marsha Nelson and her illustrious 18-year tenure as Cathedral's Head of School. Dean Daniel, of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, said the Opening Blessing, followed by remarks from various members of the Cathedral Community and a beautiful performance of Dona Nobis Pacem by the Choristers. It was a wonderful event and a fitting send-off for Ms. Nelson after her many years of service and dedication to The Cathedral School.
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Young Alumni Homecoming—Save the Date
Calling Cathedral classes of '18, '19, '20 and '21!
Please save the date for Young Alumni Homecoming on Monday, November 22, after the school day (exact time TBD).* This annual event invites Cathedral alumni who are in high school to reunite with their friends and teachers. You won’t want to miss it!

*Health guidance for in-person events continues to shift. We will be in touch with more details once specific plans come into focus. We look forward to seeing you once again!
Alumni Spotlight & Gap Year Opportunity
Cathedral alumnus Chris Pellettieri '80 has an unusual and interesting career—he is a stone carver.
Many people don't realize that, despite being over a century old, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine's structure is still unfinished. What with stone carving being a slow and exacting process by nature, a dearth of local stonework artisans and inconsistent funding, the Cathedral remained under construction on and off between 1892 and the end of the second World War, at which point construction on the Cathedral stopped completely for over 30 years.

When Chris Pellettieri attended The Cathedral School in the late 1970s, the Cathedral's then-dean, Reverend James Morton, had begun a campaign to resume construction on the Cathedral building. Dean Morton founded a stone yard, the Cathedral Stoneworks, to revive the ancient art of stone masonry, and imported master artisans from England and France to train dozens of neighborhood youths. This renewal of building activity—along with a childhood spent in and around the Cathedral—had kindled a longing in Chris to become a Cathedral Builder, and after graduating from Stuyvesant High School and NYU he returned to the Cathedral and became an apprentice stone carver. After the stone yard closed in 1994, Chris stayed on as a Cathedral Artist in Residence. 

Five years ago, Chris founded the Pellettieri Stone Carvers' Academy, to preserve the stone carving tradition by offering training in the ancient methods that he himself learned at the Cathedral 30 years prior. Next year, Chris is planning to launch the first ever Gap Year Stone Carving Training Program for high school graduates who are taking time off before attending college and have an interest in learning the art of stone carving. It will be a full time, hands-on experience, taking place over 4 weeks in January and February of 2022 at the Academy's state-of-the-art facility. Please check the Stone Carvers' Academy website for the developing details of the Gap Year program, as well as their other exciting programs and events.

Chris can be reached at: or (646) 229-6418
Where Are They Now?
We know Cathedral students go on to do great things, and we would love to share your personal and professional successes with the community! From graduations and new jobs to recent travels, volunteer activities, family updates and more, please consider sharing a news item—large or small—to be published as a Class Note in the next issue of Cathedral magazine. Feel free to include a photo as well!

Please click here to submit a Class Note. Photos can be emailed to We look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to!
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