The Very Rev. Stephen E. Carlsen is dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in indianapolis, IN. Before coming to the Cathedral in 2007, Steve was sub-dean and canon of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. Earlier he served parishes in Ohio and Illinois, and for several years was director of the board of campus ministries at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Steve graduated from Wheaton College, and earned a master of divinity degree from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
I am a proud father of two wonderful children (Nathaniel and Lilly), a priest and pastor, a carpenter, and a sometimes-expert chef and grillmaster.
What I do at CCC: As our Dean, I lead the people of Christ Church Cathedral in listening for and responding to God's call to us to be a presence of Christ on Monument Circle and beyond. I work with our Vestry (a spiritual Board of Trustees) and our staff in keeping us focused on our two primary ministries of prayer and service. I regularly preach, teach, and celebrate at our liturgies, and serve as a primary representative of our Cathedral community in our city and Diocese.
What nourishes my soul: Hiking, skiing in the mountains of Colorado, biking the Monon and other local trails, spending time with my children, reading.
In school, one of the books many of us had to read was The Odyssey by the ancient Greek poet Homer. Over the years I have gone back and reread it and listened to it as a recorded book. What has struck me as I have re-read and listened to The Odyssey is how much better, how much nobler, are the human heroes than the gods in this story.Read full transcript...