“We’ve given much thought to Matt’s final resting place, and we found the Washington National Cathedral is an ideal choice, as Matt loved the Episcopal church and felt welcomed by his church in Wyoming. For the past 20 years, we have shared Matt’s story with the world. It’s reassuring to know he now will rest in a sacred spot where folks can come to reflect on creating a safer, kinder world.”
– Judy Shepard

Washington National Cathedral is honored and humbled to receive the earthly remains of Matthew Shepard, and entrust them to God as we await our entrance into the land of light perpetual and joy eternal in the fellowship of the saints.

Matthew’s death on Oct. 12, 1998, shocked the conscience of the nation and electrified the LGBTQ movement. While Matthew died too young, his death nonetheless gave life to a new generation of activists and allies who are committed to proclaiming God’s love for all of God’s children — no exceptions or exclusions.

The public is invited to join a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard on Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. A private interment in the Cathedral crypt will follow.

Read the Press Release

Service Information


Sign the Guestbook

Watch Online