Our Preachers

No matter who you are, no matter how eloquent or otherwise, if you tell your own story with sufficient candor and concreteness, it will be an interesting story and in some sense a universal story…. We are so used to hearing what we want to hear and remaining deaf to what it would be well for us to hear that it is hard to break the habit. But if we keep our hearts and minds open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize, beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear God, God is indeed speaking to us.
Frederick Buechner from Now and Then

Holy Cross is blessed with great preaching voices during Sunday worship. We also welcome guest preachers from time to time. While each voice is distinct, a thread of unity runs through them. Most sermons focus on Biblical texts while expressing different theological viewpoints and covering themes relevant to contemporary life (that include relationships, parenting, spirituality, joys and losses, and the challenges of faithful living). Brief biographies of our preachers follow:

The Reverend Richard Hogue Jr. grew up in Northern Wisconsin where he was deeply rooted in the Episcopal tradition and the natural beauty of wilderness. Before ordination, some formative experiences shaped who he is as a priest today, including volunteering in the slums of South Africa and as a lay missioner in the Diocese of Newark. He then attended seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Most recently, Rev. Richard served as the associate rector of St. Andrew’s, Encinitas.

Rev. Richard seeks to deepen the congregation’s ministries in Christian formation, outreach, community and leadership development, and pastoral care. He is joined in ministry by his wife Maura—also a lifelong Episcopalian—who has a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Christian Leadership and a master’s degree in Historical and Cultural Studies in Religion.

Friar Edelman at Holy Cross Episcopal ChurchThe Reverend Walter Edelman was reared in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He earned a BA in History from Kenyon College, where he graduated with High Honors before being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in France. In addition to studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Paris Conservatory and privately with Marcel Dupre’ (organ), Fr. Edelman also studied at the L’Universite’ de Strasbourg and received a Certificate equivalent to a U.S. Masters in History. After earning his M.Div. from General Theological Union in New York City, he was ordained priest December 22, 1962 at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City by The Rt. Rev. Horace W. B. Donegan, the same bishop who had confirmed him years before. Over a long and rewarding priesthood, Fr. Edelman has served churches in Tarrytown, New York; Greenwich Village and the Bronx in New York City; and Coronado and Carlsbad, California. He has also served Episcopal Dayschools in Greenwich Village, New York City, and La Jolla and Coronado, California. Fr. Edelman’s sermons, like works of art, combine deep Biblical knowledge with solid Anglican theology, offering both comfort and challenge to his hearers. In December, 2017, Fr. Edelman celebrated 55 years of priesthood.