Press and Photos


Press Contact Information

Meredith MacKenzie and Tony Franquiz, West End Strategy Team
(202) 776-7700

Kevin Eckstrom, Chief Communications Officer
(202) 537-2238

Photo Policy Information

Learn more about the Cathedral’s photo policy and how to obtain a photo permit.

Press Release Archive


Matthew Shepard to be Interred at Washington National Cathedral 

Posted on October 11, 2018

Family of the Wyoming student, who was murdered in anti-gay hate crime in 1998, to inter Shepard at the Cathedral, a place where a safer, kinder world is envisioned.

Cathedral to Host Starbucks CEO and Howard Divinity Dean on Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted on October 09, 2018

The event will be moderated by Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review, and will address the role of consumers, businesses and corporate leaders in tackling today’s most pressing social problems.

Cathedral Hires Richard Bland as Chief Operating Officer

Posted on September 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — Richard Bland has been hired as Washington National Cathedral’s new chief operating officer, effective October 9, a role in which he will oversee all public-facing operations and work to deepen the Cathedral’s mission as an agent of reconciliation, a trusted voice of moral leadership, and a sacred space where the country gathers during […]

Statement from Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith on the Death of Sen. John McCain

Posted on August 26, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, released the following statement on the death of Senator John McCain (R-AZ): “Today, our hearts are with the family of Sen. John McCain, the people of Arizona and all those who mourn the loss of this American hero and patriot. We pray that […]

Dean Randy Hollerith: Scripture Does Not Justify Separating Undocumented Families

Posted on June 15, 2018

Dean Randy Hollerith: "Yes, it may be legal to separate these children from their parents. But that doesn’t mean it’s moral."

Cathedral mourns the loss of former first lady Barbara Bush

Posted on April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush became among the brightest of her husband's "thousand points of light" and a living example of faithfulness, both to her family and to the nation, always facing adversity with grace and courage.

Cathedral to Honor MLK with Services to Mark 50 Years Since His Death

Posted on April 03, 2018

Events will include a broadcast of Dr. King’s final Sunday Sermon on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 and a Sunday service on April 8, 2018 modeled after the final Sunday service of King’s life.

Washington National Cathedral to Host Interfaith Prayer Vigil Ahead of March For Our Lives

Posted on March 20, 2018

Washington National Cathedral will host an interfaith prayer vigil on Friday, March 23, for activists, students and pilgrims who are attending Saturday’s March For Our Lives to demand that their lives and safety become a priority for Congressional leaders in order to end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools.

Dean Hollerith Offers Prayers After the Death of Secretary Togo West

Posted on March 15, 2018

"Our nation was blessed by his leadership, and this Cathedral was blessed by his decades of work with us."

The Rev. Dr. Leonard Hamlin Sr. Appointed Canon Missioner of Washington National Cathedral

Posted on February 27, 2018

Dr. Hamlin will oversee the Cathedral’s outreach and social justice initiatives, including gun violence prevention and racial justice and reconciliation.

A prayer in thanksgiving for the life of evangelist Billy Graham

Posted on February 21, 2018

Today we give thanks for the life of evangelist Billy Graham, a towering figure of the Christian faith and a witness to the transformative power of the Gospel. Through his devotion to God and his love for people from every station in life, Dr. Graham changed the world with the simple message that faith in […]

Dean Randy Hollerith Offers A Prayer of Repentance After Florida Shootings

Posted on February 15, 2018

Cleanse us of the arrogance that leads us to believe the right to bear arms trumps the right to life.