Grace Cathedral installs Malcolm Clemens Young as Ninth Dean

In a service full of joy and excitement, people from across the Diocese of California joined the community of Grace Cathedral on Sunday, September 27, in celebrating the beginning of the Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young’s ministry as dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Wearing an alb and a traditional Hawaiian lei, the new dean received a cope symbolizing his new position and was ceremonially installed as dean by the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of California.

Young promised to faithfully lead and serve the Grace Cathedral community and joined the congregation in the renewal of baptismal vows. The service was followed by a celebratory lunch featuring a traditional Hawaiian band. Young’s wife, University of San Francisco Law School professor Heidi Ho, is a native Hawaiian. The couple and their two teenaged children, Micah and Melia, maintain strong connections with the islands.

Young has deep roots in the Diocese of California. He was the rector of Christ Church, Los Altos, before being called to serve as dean. He attended St. Clements, Berkeley while studying economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and then returned as a priest at the parish. Young is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post.

He is excited to begin his work leading Grace Cathedral as it shares the love of God through worship, education, service, and the arts.

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