Honorary Canons

The Honorary Canons of the Cathedral of the Incarnation are named by the Bishop of Long Island, and are appointed in recognition for their exceptional and outstanding service to the Diocese, Cathedral or the wider Church.

The Canons are an important link for the Cathedral - the Diocese's Mother Church - to all corners of the Diocese. The presence of the Cathedral as a part of the witness and ministry of each canon lets every member of the diocese know that they are welcome here, in their Cathedral.

The Reverend Canon Charles G. Ackerson, Ph.D.

Canon Ackerson was ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood in the Cathedral of the Incarnation. He is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, the Philadelphia Divinity School, SUNY-Stony Brook, and SUNY-Albany, from which he earned a Ph.D. After serving parishes in the Dioceses of Albany and New Jersey, he returned to the Diocese of Long Island, where he was Rector of All Saints’, Baldwin for twenty-five years. During that time, he initiated and coordinated inter-parish ministries (including the South Shore Senior Ministry Consortium) and a companion relationship with St. George’s Church, Brooklyn. He was Professor of Christian Education at the Mercer School of Theology where he developed the Christian Education Workshop Series and coordinated the Christian Education Task Force. He served two terms as a member of the Cathedral Chapter. He was made Honorary Canon of the Cathedral by Bishop. Provenzano. Now retired from active ministry, Canon Ackerson “supplies” regularly throughout the Diocese and is also Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in Queens.

Canon Louise Baietto

Louise Baietto served as Bishop’s Deputy for Finance and Administration from 1990 to 2012. She is currently Senior Program Director for Strategic Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation with responsibility for providing flexible, customized, innovative and holistic approaches to capital campaigns, special appeals, annual giving and stewardship, as well as visioning and planning tools. She also serves as finance faculty for CREDO conferences, a clergy wellness program of the Church Pension Fund.

Canon Baietto’s professional career in nonprofit finance and administration spans 40+ years, including positions with The Ford Foundation and one of its major grantees, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where she served as CFO and Treasurer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University.

The Reverend Canon Mervyn Belmontes

The Very Reverend Canon Nils Blatz

The Very Rev. Canon Nils Blatz has exercised a ministry in the Diocese of Long Island including calls to parishes in the Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk Archdeaconries. He has served on the Boards both of the Mercer School of Theology, and Camp DeWolfe. He has been an Examining Chaplain, a Reader of the General Ordination Exam and a member of the Diocesan and Provincial Ecclesiastical Courts. He recently celebrated his fiftieth year of ordination. Canon and Mrs. Blatz have four children and three grandchildren.

The Reverend Canon George Bonner

The Reverend Canon Richard F. Brewer

The Rev. Canon Richard F. Brewer, now lives in Whitehall, New York. Since retiring from the active ministry, he spends his time overseeing the operation of Prestwick Farm and shepherding a herd of Hereford cows. In addition he provides visiting priest services to nearby parishes in Vermont. He is an active internet user which keeps him abreast of happenings at the parishes he served in the Diocese of Long Island: Trinity-St. John’s, Hewlett, and The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, Brooklyn, as well as his honorary parish The Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Canon Robert Fardella, Esq.

Canon Fardella was appointed Church Attorney and Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Long Island by The Right Rev. Orris G. Walker, Jr. Thereafter, Bishop Walker appointed him to the Office of Diocesan Chancellor, a position he has held continuously to the present time. For a number of years, he also served as Chancellor of the Cathedral, handling all the legal affairs of the Cathedral including the sale of the middle school playing fields.

Canon Myra B. Garnes

Myra B. Garnes is the Canon for Youth & Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Long Island. Prior to her arrival in NY, she was the Director of the Cathedral Scholars Program at the Washington National Cathedral in DC and also served as an Academic Class Dean and Director of Multicultural Education at the National Cathedral School in DC. She was installed as an Honorary Canon to the Cathedral of the Incarnation on September 26, 2015.

Canon Myra serves the larger church in several capacities as the Province II Youth Ministry Network Coordinator and as a former member of the Forma Board of Directors. She is a Youth Ministry Liaison for The Episcopal Church Office of Youth Ministries, a member of the EYE17 Mission Planning Team and was recently honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Office of Young Adult/Campus Ministry for The Episcopal Church during the church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Reverend Canon Peter P. Q. Golden

The Venerable Canon John A. Greco

As I participated in Bishop Walker’s Memorial Service, I remembered how significant a part the Cathedral of the Incarnation has played in my life. It was here that I was ordered a Deacon and ordained a Priest in 1967. It was here that I worshiped during the nine years in which I served as Deputy for Episcopal Administration. It was here that I served as a supply priest, guest preacher and participant in any number of special celebrations and occasions. My affection for the Cathedral remains steadfast, as does my commitment to its future. I am honored to be numbered among its Honorary Canons.

The Reverend Canon Bruce D. Griffith, Th.D.

Canon Griffith is Rector Emeritus of Christ Church, Oyster Bay, and is the Interim Rector at The Church St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn. Ordained in the Diocese of Minnesota, he began his ministry at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, and served thereafter in Toronto, Buffalo, and Rochester before coming to Long Island in 1987. He has taught theology for many years at the Mercer School and hold a research doctorate in theology from the University of Toronto.

The Venerable Canon Michael W. H. Harris, S.T.M.

Canon Harris was named Honorary Canon in 1985 while serving as rector of St. Thomas Church. He was then elected Archdeacon of Brooklyn in the Diocese of Long Island in 1987. His relocating to Florida in 1997 concluded a tenure of 22 years in service to the Diocese of Long Island that included Evangelism Leader, Christian Stewardship consultant and trainer, Board of Directors – Church Charity foundation, Deployment Officer, Chair of the Astor Fund Advisory Committee, Hispanic Ministries Facilitator, Cursillo Chaplain, recipient of the Minister General’s Award for contributions to the Society of St. Francis, and, in particular developed and organized events at the cathedral to encourage exposure to and participation by churches, i.e. West Indian Day.

Canon Charles J. Janoff, Esq.

Charles J. Janoff is a congregant at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. Charles received a B.A. (History, with highest distinction) from the University of Virginia and a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School. With his wife Kathleen and his daughter Elizabeth, he has lived in Garden City South since 1981 and all joined the Cathedral congregation in 1984. He has taught in the Cathedral Church (Sunday) School since 1987 and has served as J2A/Rite 13 mentor since 2000. He served as interim head of the School from 1999-2000 and thereafter as assistant to three successive Directors of Christian Formation. He was named Chancellor of the Cathedral in May, 2003 and Honorary Canon of the Cathedral in March 2009. Besides his continuing role in the Cathedral’s Christian Education program, he is a currently serving as member of the Cathedral’s Executive Committee.

The Reverend Canon Lloyd Alexander Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., D.D.

Canon Lewis served as Canon Theologian to the Bishops of Long Island in 1991, and he served as Bishop’s Deputy for Education and Dean of George Mercer, Jr. Memorial School of Theology. During his tenure he was an Adjunct Instructor in New Testament and Biblical Languages at the General Theological Seminary and assisted at the Cathedral and parishes throughout Long Island. Elected to the Faculty of the Virginia Theological Seminary where he taught until his retirement in 2012, he was the Molly Laird Downs Professor of New Testament. Elected by General Convention, he completes his second term as a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains of the Episcopal Church in 2015.

The Reverend Canon David B. Lowry

Canon Lowry was honored to serve as Canon Pastor at the Cathedral of the Incarnation from 1980 to 1986. Prior to coming to the Cathedral he was chaplain at Holderness School, curate at Christ Church, Manhasset, and rector of Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis. While at the Cathedral he also was Associate Professor of New Testament at the Mercer School.

Canon Lowry left the Cathedral to become dean of Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans. In 1990, he took a 'slight detour' (for 14 years) to be a vice president at the Freeport-McMoran companies and president of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. Most of those years were spent in New Guinea. He retired from Freeport in 2004 and became the rector of Christ Church, Manhasset and interim dean at the Mercer School.

He is now retired in New Orleans, but serves as 'theologian in residence' at Christ Church Cathedral.

The Venerable Canon John E. Madden

Canon Madden has been a priest of the Diocese of Long Island for 52 years, serving primarily as a parish priest in Queens, Brooklyn, and Suffolk counties. He has, in that time, also served in a variety of capacities for the Diocese of Long Island, e.g., Diocesan Council, Committee on Canons, Archdeacon of Suffolk. He has also served on The Cathedral Chapter, and the Electoral Body for Chapter.

The Reverend Canon T. Abigail Murphy

Canon Murphy spent her first four years of ordained ministry serving on the staff of the Cathedral of the Incarnation with a special focus on Ministry to Young Families. She currently serves as Priest-in-Charge of the yoked parishes of St. Elisabeth's, Floral Park and St. Thomas', Bellerose Village. Her M.Div. was earned at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and she is now studying for a D.Min. in Congregational Development through Bexley-Seabury Federation.

The Reverend Canon Lewellyn Murray

The Venerable Canon Jerome J. Nedelka

Canon Nedelka was ordained to the diaconate in June 1965 and to the priesthood that December. He has served as the Curate at All Saint’s, Bayside from 1965-68, Vicar at Christ the King, East Meadow from 1968-78, and Rector at St. Mark’s, Islip until 2000. His other ministries include service on the Diocesan Council, Cathedral Chapter, Commission on Ministry, as an Alternate Deputy to General Convention, Chair Committee on Dispatch of Business, 25yrs. Chair of Annual Clergy Conference, 32yrs. Board of Managers E.H.S., Dean of Atlantic Deanery, Archdeacon of Suffolk, Bishop’s Diocesan Cross, Honorary Canon of Cathedral. Currently Bishop’s Chaplain to retired clergy and their families.

The Reverend Canon Juan Ouevedo-Bosch

The Reverend Canon Joseph Sanghoon Pae

Father Joseph was born in South Korea and came to the States when he was fourteen. He received BA in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Before he moved to New York, he served as a clergy resident participating in the Foundations of Spiritual Leadership at the Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was ordained to the Priesthood by the Archbishop Tutu. Currently, he is a co-missioner at Great Neck Episcopal Ministry comprised of All Saints Church, a Korean and English speaking congregation, and St. Paul’s Ministry Center. Before he moved to Great Neck in 2010, he served as a Canon Pastor at the Cathedral. He is on the Cathedral Chapter. He is married to JuYoung and has two children, Ethan and Evelyn.

Canon Diane Porter

Canon Porter’s volunteer activities on behalf of the Diocese have included service as a warden and vestry member, St. Mary’s Church, Brooklyn; Executive Committee, Archdeaconry of Brooklyn, Standing Committee, Trustee of the Estate of the Diocese of Long Island, Mercer School, Episcopal Charities, Chair of the Select Commission on Diocesan Structure, Provincial Synod and General Convention, Chair of the Mercer Scholarship Fund, and she served as a Member of the Cathedral Chapter.

The Reverend Canon Robert A. Picken

Canon Picken is the Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Rochester, New York, which is an historic congregation with strong focus on local and international mission and Christian formation as well as being home to a well-known choral music program. Canon Picken joined the parish in October 2014 and was inducted as its twenty-first rector on December 10, 2014. A graduate of the General Theological Seminary and ordained in 2006, he served at the Cathedral and on the Bishop’s Staff from 2010 to 2014, and prior to that at Ascension Church, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Reverend Canon Richard D. Visconti

Canon Visconti has been Rector of Caroline Church in Setauket for the past 12 years and the Vicar of All Souls’ Church in Stony Brook for the past year and half. Caroline and All Souls Churches entered this partnership with the hope of strengthening the Episcopal presence within the Three Villages. Canon Visconti has also been the Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese for over 11 years, fostering denominational and interreligious dialogues and encouraging mission with all faiths.

The Reverend Canon Bernard O.D. Young

Bernard O.D. Young is of Guyanese heritage. Ordained Deacon June 1970 and Priested January 1971, he migrated to the United States in 1975. He was Rector of St Alban the Martyr for thirty five years and Archdeacon of Queens for fifteen. He served on the Cathedral Chapter, several Diocesan Departments, on the National Asian Council for six years, and as an advisor to the Missioner for Black Ministry. He was made a Canon in 2002. Now retired, he lives in Queens.