the Episcopal Cathedral Church of Saint John located in Wilmington, Delaware. Dated September 30, 2011, the leadership of the congregation issued a letter announcing the closing and expressing regret that the declining congregation, finances, and resources of this cathedral church left them with no other option. So much for the house of God that DuPont buiilt.
Delaware is not the only diocese of the Episcopal Church to face financial problems. What with the setting up of an Anglican Church in North America as an option for Episcopalians disenchanted with the direction of the Episcopal Church leadership and tired of being in the news for this radical stand or another, this may not be the last cathedral to face problems. In addition, Rome's decision to set up an Anglican Ordinariate will only siphon off more from the already foundering good ship Episcopal Church USA.
Sad though, they have a choir school which faces an uncertain future and a decent enough building. Perhaps some non-denominational group will buy it up and turn it into a coffee house ministry.... So sad... but not exactly surprising. Read it all here.