Dear Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington,
On July 16, we will celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. John Carleton Hayden, beloved priest and scholar of this diocese and beyond, one of the most influential leaders of his generation and mentor to many across the nation. Carelton died on June 29, 2022 at the age of 88.
The service will take place at St. Luke’s, DC, 1514 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, at 11 a.m. with a viewing at 10 a.m. The Rev. Vincent P. Harris will preach. All are welcome, either in person or via livestream. (In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. George’s Episcopal Church 160 U Street, NW Washington, DC 20001; Clergy: White stoles.)
Carleton’s ministry within EDOW included serving as priest at a number of congregations, including St. Luke’s, DC, Holy Comforter, St. Monica’s, Calvary, Church of the Atonement, and most significantly, St. George’s DC.
Between 1971 and 1987, Carleton was the Assistant Professor of History at Howard University in Washington, DC and the Adjunct Professor of Church History at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Carleton also served as chaplain at Howard University, providing space for young adults to explore their faith both in and out of the classroom.
Beyond parish and diocesan ministry, Carleton was devoted to documenting the history of African Americans in the Church and advocating for equality, respect, and fair treatment.
I find it deeply moving that we will celebrate Carleton’s life and homecoming amid a time of renewed commitment to the work of truth-telling and racial reckoning. Our work rests on his shoulders.
Carleton was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Jacqueline, and survived by his children, grandchildren, and other devoted family members and friends.
A more complete biography of the Rev. Dr Hayden may be found here. Please join us, if you can, in celebrating the life of this good man, exemplary scholar, and devoted priest.