Almighty and everlasting God, we give you thanks for setting the minds and hearts of your people to proclaim your Word and to work your will, especially though the offerings and opportunities of this Cathedral Church. Inspire its ministry so that the knowledge of your truth in the world might be increased. Broaden its mission so that lives might be ennobled and lifted up as examples of your boundless and loving care. Remember those who have built before us that we too may be builders of compassion and concord. And finally we raise up to you, O Lord, the hopes and aspirations of all in this good land, that our heritage of faith may not falter, and that in your light we may hallow the paths of justice and hope. Through the grace and love of Christ, the true foundation stone, we pray, Amen.

— Prayed at the dedication of this Cathedral Church


Washington National Cathedral is dedicated to serve as a house of prayer for all people and a spiritual home for the nation.

We strive to fulfill our mission in four main areas:

- as a national church, dedicated to serving the country and its many faith traditions;
- as a national treasure, dedicated to serving visitors and pilgrims;
- as the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, dedicated to serving the diocese, the three schools on the Cathedral Close, and its worshiping community;
- as a convener, dedicated to create programming to bring people together in conversation and partnership.


The National Cathedral seeks to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in the world.

We give shape to our vision through public witness, creative programs and corporate worship. We welcome all who visit us with open hands and hearts, seeking to serve as a positive example for holy places everywhere. Our most important work builds on the Cathedral’s power to invite us all to experience the grace and mystery of God.

Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017

Our Strategic Plan, approved in 2014, provides direction for our work from July 2014 through June 2017

Read The Plan icon-arrow-straight
Annual Report 2016

Learn more about the ministries and mission of Washington National Cathedral.

View The Report icon-arrow-straight