Advent Episcopal School gets its name from the Cathedral Church of the Advent. The church and school share many facilities, and the Chairman of the Board for the school is also the Dean and rector of the church, who is currently Canon Craig Smalley (Interim Dean and Rector).
The parish church of the Advent was established in 1872, one year after the founding of the city of Birmingham. In 1982 the the Church of the Advent became a cathedral when the Diocese of Alabama sanctioned it as its seat. It is also one of the 10 largest Episcopal churches in the United States. In 1983 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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