The Religion News Service website reports today (November 14, 2011) that the Washington National Cathedral -- which was closed since being damaged by an earthquake last August -- reopened on Saturday (November 12) with a private ceremony to install D.C.'s ninth Episcopal bishop.
The first event at the newly reopened cathedral was the consecration of Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde -- the first woman to serve as Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C.
Budde was seated on Sunday (November 13) at the cathedral's first public worship ceremony in the 10 weeks since its closing.
The cathedral is now stabilized, but repairing the damage caused by the earthquake will take years, and will cost more than $15 million.