Clergy & Staff

The Very Rev. Melinda Hall, Dean

Melinda began serving at the Cathedral in autumn of 2019. Melinda grew up outside of Louisville, KY, graduated from Georgetown College, obtained her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological, and took up her first call in DuBois, PA. She was ordained a priest in 2013. After serving for several years the singe congregation, Melinda was also called to serve the parish in Brookville, PA. Melinda is passionate about the contemplative tradition of the Church as well as engagement in the city.


The Rev. Dorothy Konyha, Deacon

Dorothy has been a parishioner of the Cathedral since 1991.  She was ordained a vocational deacon on May 7, 2017. Dorothy’s passion is to serve the poor and the stranger and to lead people of the Cathedral outside the church walls. She also feels it is important to coordinate with other religious organizations and social organizations in the city to serve the kingdom of God on earth.

Contact Dorothy when:

  • you wish to learn about our outreach ministries
  • you have questions about the food pantry


The Rev. Kathleen Ziegenhine, Pastoral Assistant

Kathleen began serving at the Cathedral in 2006, sharing in liturgical duties and pastoral care. Pastoral care takes many different shapes: hospital visitation, being present prior to surgery to pray, anoint, and simply be present with the patient and family members. Kathleen is also available for home visits and communion with the homebound, pastoral and spiritual conversation, and hearing confessions.

Contact Kathleen when:

  • you or a family member are ill, hospitalized or there is a pastoral emergency
  • you would like home communion 
  • you are in need of prayer and pastoral care

Terry Bishop, Sexton

Terry has been a member of the Cathedral since 2005 and served with the Cathedral Chapter as Junior Warden before coming on board as Sexton in 2016. Terry ensures the building is well-maintained and the exterior landscaping well-cared for.

Contact Terry when:

  • you see an issue in the Cathedral building that needs attention

Sharon Downey, Canon Musician

Sharon was appointed Organist-Choirmaster in January of 1991 and was given the title of Canon Musician after twenty years of service. Her primary responsibility is to plan and provide the music for all Cathedral services. Sharon conducts the Cathedral Choristers and the Cathedral Choir, recruiting from the community and the Cathedral congregation.

The Cathedral has a rich tradition of excellence in liturgy and music and she is grateful for the privilege of leading this important ministry.  

Contact Sharon when:

  • you are interested in learning more about the Cathedral music program
  • are interested in our partnership with the Erie Philharmonic Junior Chorus


Sandee Krivonak, Financial Assistant

As the part-time Finance Assistant, Sandee pays the bills, processes employee time cards for payroll, and records Sunday offerings. She also helps prepare the yearly church budget and run finance reports as needed.

Contact Sandee when:

  • you have a question about your weekly offering
  • you wish to learn how to donate online with e-giving

Niambi Mercado, Administrator

As the Administrator, Niambi is a welcoming presence at the front desk of the Cathedral office. Niambi works most of her time at the Cathedral, but is also the Administrator at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Contact Niambi for:

  •    general information about the Cathedral
  •    information about using the building
  •    questions about using Realm