St. John’s Cathedral honors long-time Chancellor

St. John’s Cathedral honors long-time Chancellor
From left to right: Rob Clements, Steve Busey and Bishop of Florida, the Right rev. Samuel Johnson Howard.

St. John’s Cathedral honored prominent lawyer, community leader and Ortega resident Steve Busey in early December with a special reception to recognize his leadership that included attendance by the bishop of Florida.

Busey served as chancellor for St. Johns for more than 30 years and the Cathedral Vestry recognized his commitment by naming the new meeting room in the Cathedral House in his honor. St. John’s Dean, the Very Rev. Kate Moorehead, and the vestry agreed unanimously on the honor.

Busey told the crowd that he came to the Cathedral after seeing the example sent by his grandfather, S. Pierce Key, who served actively as senior warden and was close friends with Bob Parks, then Cathedral dean. He would visit his grandfather on Saturday afternoons in Avondale and listen to his grandfather and Parks discuss the dean’s sermon for the next morning on the back porch. He also heard Parks’ nascent visions of creating the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Aging True and what is now known as Cathedral Care. It piqued his interest and drew him into what would become more than a half century of service. During that time, he too became senior warden.

Reception guests included his wife Jean, family members, members of law firm Smith Hulsey & Busey, past and present Cathedral Vestry members and the Rev. Adam Greene, headmaster of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, where Busey also served as Chancellor for more than three decades. The Right Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, also attended.

Following a brief program that included comments from the Dean, the Bishop and Steve Busey himself, the event was recorded in the Cathedral’s Book of Remembrance and guests were invited to partake in a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tour of the new Busey Room that will host both internal and external meetings.

“I’ve been in so many meetings with Steve where everyone is talking and putting in their two cents, but when Steve spoke the room went silent and everyone listened,” Howard, the bishop, said. Moorehead said that Busey’s wisdom and counsel were invaluable to her and to the Cathedral. “It seems only fitting to have named this room in perpetuity in Steve’s honor and that the Busey Room is located across from another permanent plaque recognizing Steve’s grandfather S. Pierce Key for his invaluable contributions to the Cathedral,” Moorehead explained.

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