National Cathedral reopening Nov. 12, installing new bishop

The National Cathedral has been undergoing repairs since the Aug. 23 earthquake.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington National Cathedral says it is planning to celebrate its reopening by installing a new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington on Nov. 12.

The ceremony for the Rev. Dr. Mariann Edgar Budde will be the first event at the cathedral since it sustained significant damage in the 5.8-magnitude quake that shook the nation's capital and much of the East Coast on Aug. 23. Stonework fell off the cathedral's towers, and other areas were severely cracked.

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is seeking emergency funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for the restoration.

The cathedral says there will be concerts, worship services and other programs in the week following the service for Budde to thank the community for its support.