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LARAMIE — Officials at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie are pleased to announce that they have named the Rev. Canon Stephen Askew of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Tennessee to serve as their dean. Askew will be joining the cathedral on Oct. 1, and will be seated as the dean on Oct. 11. Askew is replacing the previous dean, the Very Rev. Marilyn Engstrom, who retired on July 31, 2012.

According to Taimi Kuiva, senior warden at St. Matthew’s, the cathedral’s selection of Askew was received with excitement and hope at the church.

“The St. Matthew’s community is very excited to have Father Stephen joining us. Stephen shares our commitment to outreach and ministry beyond our four walls. Like the cathedral, Stephen truly embraces our theology of welcoming all at God’s table, which is not only important to St. Matthew’s but to Laramie as well. We look forward to the years ahead as our community and Stephen grow into the image that God has called us to be,” Kuiva said.

The Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie, Episcopal bishop of Wyoming, shares the cathedral’s excitement in Askew’s selection.

“Stephen has experience working with both congregations and the diocesan office. Because of this experience, I expect that Stephen will be able to help the cathedral grow in its ministry and interaction beyond Laramie and become a greater resource for the 49 Episcopal churches throughout our diocese,” Smylie said.

Since 2005, Askew has served as canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Tennessee. Prior to that, Askew served two churches in Tennessee and two in Alabama.

About coming to Wyoming he said, “I am truly honored and excited to join in the ministry and tradition of St. Matthew’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Wyoming. Together, I pray, God will lead us to serve where service is needed, love as Christ has loved us, and worship as a way of life.”

Stephen is married to Patricia Tanzer Askew. They each have two grown children, and more recently two grandchildren.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. St. Matthew’s has been a staple in the Laramie community for more than 100 years and is home to more than 300 worshipping members. For more details about the cathedral or Askew, please call 307.742.6608 or www.stmatthews.diowy.org

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Community News editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at 307-266-0520; sallyann.shurmur@trib.com; read her blog at trib.com/dishin; or follow her on Twitter @WYOSAS

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