The Very Rev. Douglas McCaleb is dean at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami. (Courtesy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral / October 21, 2011)

Very Rev. Douglas McCaleb

Title: Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami.

Other community posts: Member, Partnership for Homeless, Episcopal Charities, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Education: Bachelor's of arts degree, University of California, Berkeley; graduate work at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; master's degree in divinity, General Theological Seminary, New York.

Personal: 62. Born in Los Angeles.

Family: Single, no children.

Q: Are there any differences between pastoring a cathedral and a parish church?

A: We try to capture the sense of a medieval cathedral -- not simply as a center of sanctuary and prayer, but also for intellectual dialogue, culture and music. A place that everybody in the city felt welcome in.

Q: How do you do that?

A: We did a service for the 10th anniversary of 9-11. We had about 700 people. There were 104 singers from all over South Florida singing the "Faure' Requiem." That's what was used in 2001 all over Britain. It brought together people from all over South Florida, not all of them Episcopalians. That's one way to capture the feeling of being the cathedral of a city.

Q: How did you get into your vocation?

A: I was a foreign affairs officer till about the age of 33. I did commercial treaties, based in Washington, D.C. But I'd always been in church work of one sort or another. I reached a point where I decided this is what I was meant to be doing.

Q: how did you perceive that?

A: I think for many people, there's a sense of call, of "How can I serve in a way that's appropriate for me and my gifts?" I served parishes in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, till I came here five and a half years ago.

Q: Why here in South Florida?

A: I thought it was a very exciting time to do ministry. Miami is growing and changing day by day. When I came, there were 27 cranes in downtown Miami. Those buildings are now offices.

Q: What's the one most mistaken impression of Episcopalians?

A: That we don't stand for anything. Episcopalians are very proud of the fact that we are the "via media," the middle way. There is space for people who are pro-life and pro-choice. We are a very roomy tent.

Q: How do you like to relax?