Vestry Members

St. Luke’s Vestry (also known as the Lesser Chapter) is the governing body the Cathedral Church of St. Luke.
The Vestry has formal responsibilities defined by diocesan canons and the Bylaws of the Lesser Chapter (would be good to have a link to Bylaws here). The Vestry holds the property of the Cathedral under its Charter in Trust for two purposes: for the use and benefit of the Congregation; and for all Episcopal and Diocesan functions pertaining to the Bishop and Diocese of Maine as appropriate to a Cathedral Church.
Nine Vestry members, plus a Senior Warden and a Junior Warden, oversee the business and programs of the Cathedral throughout the year.
Vestry members are nominated from active parishioners and elected at the Cathedral’s annual meeting for a three-year period of service.
Wardens are nominated and elected to serve staggered two-year terms.
Vestry members act as liaisons to the areas of Living our Christian Faith, Widening Circles, Hospitality, Stewardship, Education and Leadership, providing encouragement, and assistance in setting and achieving goals driven by the Strategic Plan.
The Vestry meets monthly from September through June, usually on the third Wednesday of the month.

The 2020 Annual Report ( Presented at 2021 Annual Meeting) can be found HERE

COMMUNITY BUDGET MEETING INFORMATION FOR 1.24.2021

Treasurer’s Report on 2020 at 2021 Annual Meeting

2021 Power Point Annual Report

Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2020

Budget 2021 1-20-21

December 2020 Operating Statement – Preliminary

Stewardship 1-15-20

Endowment Committee Report 1.13.21

Minutes from Vestry meetings can be found by clicking HERE.

Strategic Plan Update 2018

Albert Howard Bequest

Summary and Notice of Proposed Bylaws Revision

Summary and Notice of Proposed
Bylaws Revision
The Cathedral Church of StLuke’s Bylaws were last revised in 2010, and the time has come for a fresh look. The proposed revisions are not substantive; nothing much will change as a result of the rewrite. Essentially, the present Bylaws have been reformatted (from heading/text to I.A.1, etc.), rearranged (from rather loosely arranged topics to a more structured design (I. Authority and Mission; II. The Greater Chapter; III. The Lesser Chapter; etc.) and reworded (to, for example, distinguish between the Lesser Chapter and the Vestry, where appropriate; and using the term “Dean” instead of “Senior Resident Canon”).
Why do we use the terms “Chapter” (or “Greater Chapter”) and “Lesser Chapter”? These terms are found in the Cathedral’s Constitution, and describe the Chapter as the governing body of the Cathedral as seat of the Bishop and Cathedral of the Diocese of Maine, and the Lesser Chapter as the governing body of StLuke’s parish church. After all, StLuke’s was originally a parish church; the buildings were donated to the Diocese by the parish after completion of construction in 1877, with such reservation “as will secure to the congregation ordinarily worshipping therein the right of so worshiping and of always being represented in such corporation [to be formed by the legislature to hold said property] established by one-half of the members exclusive of the Bishop, and of participating in the election and appointment of such canons and other clergy as may be nominated by the Bishop for the charge and cure of the congregation so worshiping by reserving the right of confirming or rejecting any such appointment or nomination,” etc.
See Brinkler, Alfred, The Cathedral Church of StLuke, A History of its First Century, 1967, p. 14, quoting the Instrument of Donation, adopted October 1, 1877. So the Lesser Chapter, a subdivision of the Chapter, manages the day-to-day affairs of the parish.
The Cathedral has a number of other founding and guiding documents, such as its own Constitution, and several Acts of the Maine Legislature, including incorporating the Cathedral Church of StLuke (1879) and establishing the Organization of Episcopal Parishes (1869). A careful reading of these revealed certain inconsistencies between the governing documents and the present bylaws. Also, the Canons of the Episcopal Church USA and those of the Diocese of Maine required a few revisions to bylaws addressing such things as membership, voting and minimum age requirements for Wardens. Finally, modernizing amendments are suggested to authorize electronic meetings and notices, to skip Lesser Chapter meetings in July and August, and to require use of Roberts Rules of Order in Lesser Chapter proceedings. This is not an exhaustive list; the various drafts produced during the drafting process will reveal all the changes. But again, most are not major changes; the most significant may be to ask us to start talking about “Lesser Chapter meetings” instead of “Vestry meetings”. Turns out they are different bodies.
Revision of the Bylaws requires a thirty day notice to members of the Lesser Chapter before adoption. The Diocese and StLuke’s want members of the parish to have notice and the opportunity to comment also, before the Lesser Chapter acts. You will find the present bylaws, the proposed bylaws, a cross-reference table, and a Summary and Notice on the vestry page of the Cathedral’s website http://stlukesportland.org/index.php/the-vestry/.
Your comments can be emailed to the cathedral office here
This item will be on the agenda for the Lesser Chapter’s June 16, 2021 meeting, so you are asked to submit any comments or questions you may have to the church office on or before that date.

Anne Marie Klein-Christie

Anne Marie Klein-Christie

Senior Warden
Claire Hammen

Claire Hammen

Junior Warden
Gayl Anglin

Gayl Anglin

Vestry Member
Jane Briggs

Jane Briggs

Vestry Member
Dan McDonald

Dan McDonald

Vestry Member
Peter Bingham

Peter Bingham

Vestry Member
Karin Draper

Karin Draper

Vestry Member
Tom Flinn

Tom Flinn

Vestry Member
Dawn Brennan- Daly

Dawn Brennan- Daly

Vestry Member
Tim Reiniger

Tim Reiniger

Vestry Member

Development Committee

St. Luke’s Development Committee is a standing sub-committee of the cathedral’s Vestry that was established in early 2019.  The purpose of this committee is to coordinate and oversee all fundraising efforts on behalf of the cathedral as part of an overall, strategic effort to maximize outcomes, allocate limited resources effectively, prioritize fundraising needs, minimize duplication and eliminate donor fatigue.

The Development Committee has four work groups for 2019 and 2020:

  1. Stewardship/Annual Pledged Gifts (Dan McDonald & Dawn Brennan-Daly);
  2. Planned Giving (Claire Hammond, Misha Pride, Alice Reiniger & Dawn Brennan-Daly)
  3. Grants Team (Liz Parsons, Karin Draper & Dawn Brennan-Daly)
  4. Special Events including (in 2019) the Holiday Fair and the new Silent Auction (Committee lists available).

The Development Committee’s working goals for 2020 include a designated development data- base capacity; new resources for grant management; and a comprehensive volunteer tracking process and recognition program.  Inquiries, questions or anyone interested in joining this committee or its work groups should contact Dawn Brennan-Daly at dbrennandaly@gmail.com or at 207-747-5416.

Endowment Committee

The Endowment Committee meets on a quarterly basis with the Cathedral’s investment manager to review the investment results of the Cathedral’s endowment and to ensure that the investment manager is adhering to the Cathedral’s investment policy.  The Committee also meets on an ad hoc basis if necessary.  The Committee is chaired by Nick Penfield.