National Cathedral slashes staff, budget

Cathedral College ending course offerings
Washington National Cathedral has announced dramatic cuts to its budget, programs and staff as the faltering economy continues to affect religious institutions nationwide.

The landmark cathedral, which welcomes nearly 700,000 visitors a year and has hosted the state funerals of three presidents, will slash its budget by 40 percent next year, from $24 million to $14.4 million. More than 40 staffers will be laid off, retail operations at the cathedral’s gift shop will be outsourced and Cathedral College’s residential course offerings will cease as of March 31, 2009, according to the cathedral’s announcement November 19.

“Like many other institutions around the world,” said Samuel Lloyd III, the cathedral’s dean, “Washington National Cathedral has been affected by the serious downturn in the financial market.”

 

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