Join us in-person or online as we commemorate Matthew’s birthday and mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. In prayer, song, word, we will remember Matthew, reflect on his commitment to a more caring and just world, and resolve to embrace the dignity and equality of all people. ASL interpretation is offered for this service.

The Reverend Anne Kitch, a Shepard family relative who preached at Matthew’s funeral in 1998, will offer the homily. Kitch remembers:

“25 years ago, as my spouse Jim and I were celebrating our firstborn’s first birthday, we were also carrying in our hearts Jim’s sweet cousin Matt, who lay in a hospital after being brutally beaten and left tied to a fence. When Matt died on October 12, 1998, his murder elicited an outcry from a multitude of souls. Then and now, I call out that Matt was beloved of God, precious in God’s sight. People of faith must continue to speak this love, to carry this love in our hearts and out into the world.”

visiting matthew’s final resing place

Matthew was interred in the Washington National Cathedral Columbarium on October 26, 2018, following a service of thanksgiving and remembrance. Those wishing to visit Matthew’s final resting place in St. Joseph’s Chapel may do so prior to or immediately after the service.

virtual pastoral care

Those in need of comfort or support prior to or immediately after the service may speak with a member of the clergy via private online chapels from 4-6 pm or 7:30-8:30 pm eastern time. Please register here.

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