“This great Cathedral, of course I want people to come here and be moved and inspired and to love it and support it, but more importantly I want them to go out into the world to live something holy and wonderful and life-giving.”

– Dean Randy Hollerith

If you share the deans’s vision for this Cathedral, join us by making a gift to support this house of prayer for all people.

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Washington National Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people and a spiritual home for the nation. But the Cathedral is so much more than that:

A place of rest … for all people.
A home for the arts … for all people.
An architectural wonder … for all people.
A force for good … for all people.

The Cathedral receives no direct support from the federal government or national church body. We rely entirely on the generosity of donors. This is a building that is open for all people, supported and sustained by all people.

Your support helps us accomplish our mission in the Cathedral’s new century — a calling of service to the city, the nation and the world.

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Your support secures the Cathedral’s unique role as the conscience of the nation, convening important conversations on civic life and giving voice to the voiceless.

Your support ensures the future of the Cathedral as a place of welcome and hope for all and an unrivaled venue for the material and performing arts.

Your support preserves an architectural landmark that has opened its doors to the nation in times of great joy and great sorry.

This Cathedral –through its beauty, its stone, its fabric, its glass — calls Americans to make meaning for themselves and for their neighbors, to build connections between themselves and their God and with other people.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth made his disciple Simon into Peter, the rock on which he built his church. More than 100 years ago, a group of visionaries set about building rock upon rock to erect this symbol of the Christian faith and the American experiment.

Now it is up to us, in this generation, to expand that legacy into its next hundred years. We invite you to join with us to share this national house of prayer for all people, sustained by all people.

in their own words

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“When I come to the Cathedral, I find out who I am, where I’ve come from, and why it matters that I am here in this world. No matter how many times I am here, this place inspires me.”
—The Honorable John H. Dalton


“I am truly awed whenever I come into this beautiful space, to look up at the intricacy of the rose windows, the arches often bathed in light from the stained glass … that’s why I’m doing my part to make sure the resources are there to maintain and preserve this glorious structure for centuries to come.”
—Virginia Cretella Mars


“I first became a choirboy when I was seven years old. The repeated experience of making great music in the Cathedral’s great space made an indelible impression on me that has remained ever since and changed my life forever.”
—John Shenefield