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Statement of the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington and Interim Dean of Washington National Cathedral, on the Death of Justice Antonin Scalia

Posted on February 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Washington National Cathedral joins in prayer for Justice Antonin Scalia, his family and colleagues, and our nation. We mourn his death, celebrate his legal mind and give thanks for his extraordinary life of public service. One of the most influential jurists of our time, Justice Scalia will long be remembered for his […]

National Building Museum to become new Custodian of Washington National Cathedral Construction & Design Archives

Posted on February 11, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Washington National Cathedral has selected the National Building Museum as the custodian of its Construction and Design Archives. The collection consists of more than 32,000 historic architectural drawings related to the design and construction of the Cathedral and other historic buildings on its 57-acre campus in Northwest Washington. The materials provided by […]

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Returns to Preach at Washington National Cathedral

Posted on February 04, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The Most Rev. Michael Curry, the first African American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will preach at a Washington National Cathedral service commemorating Absalom Jones, the first black Episcopal priest, on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Curry, known as a powerful preacher and evangelist, was elected as the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop […]

National Cathedral to Transform Interior for Annual Week-Long “Seeing Deeper” Program

Posted on January 27, 2016

Cathedral Removing Chairs from its Nave to Host Special Programs and Concerts Washington, D.C. – Washington National Cathedral will host an indoor light show, a rhythmic drum circle, an indoor picnic and singers from the Washington National Opera during its annual “Seeing Deeper” program. Every year, “Seeing Deeper” transforms the interior of the nation’s church; thousands of chairs […]

Dean’s Christmas Message, 2015

Posted on December 23, 2015

O the magnitude of meekness! Worth from worth immortal sprung; O the strength of infant weakness, If eternal is so young! —Christopher Smart, “The Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”   Christmas arrives this year at an unusually fraught time in our national and international life. We seem this season to be assaulted […]

Washington National Cathedral to Feature Special Guest Preacher Rev. Rob Schenck on Sunday During Holy Eucharist Service

Posted on November 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington National Cathedral will hold a celebration of Holy Eucharist on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29, at 11:15 am. The service will feature guest preacher Rev. Rob Schenck with the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral, presiding. Rev. Schenck is the president and lead missionary of Faith and […]

Letter from Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde on Stuart Kenworthy’s New Role at Washington National Cathedral

Posted on October 09, 2015

Dear Cathedral family, As we live into this season of change and transition, I wanted to update you on an exciting change that will benefit our common life together. Since last June, the Cathedral has been blessed by the presence of the Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, who agreed to come out of retirement to serve as […]

Funeral Service for Jake Brewer, White House Staffer, to be Held at Washington National Cathedral

Posted on September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington National Cathedral will host a funeral service for White House staffer Jake Brewer on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Brewer was killed last Saturday during the 160-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer when he lost control of his bike and was hit by a motorist. Further details will be […]

Letter from Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and Chapter Chair David J. Kautter on Dean Hall’s Retirement

Posted on August 18, 2015

Dear members of the Cathedral family, With both sadness and gratitude, we have received the Very Rev. Gary Hall’s notice that he will be retiring as Dean of Washington National Cathedral at the end of this year: sadness because Gary is a principled and creative colleague; gratitude because he has accomplished much in his three […]

Letter from Dean Gary Hall on his Retirement

Posted on August 18, 2015

After a good deal of prayer, reflection, and conversation with my wife, Kathy, Bishop Budde and chapter leadership, I have decided to retire and end my term as dean of Washington National Cathedral effective Dec. 31, 2015. Over the past three years, the bishop, the staff, the chapter, and I have done the hard work […]

Washington National Cathedral Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Same–Sex Marriage

Posted on June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday, June 26, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, released the following statement: “Today’s Supreme Court’s decision is a momentous step forward in the long journey towards marriage equality. Nevertheless, we in the faith community have much […]

Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall: It’s Time to Remove Stained Glass Windows That Honor Confederate History

Posted on June 25, 2015

“We do not seek to eliminate reminders of a painful past. Rather, we seek to represent that past honestly in a manner that matches our shared aspirations for a diverse, just, and compassionate nation.” – The Very Rev. Gary Hall WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2015) – Following is a statement from the Very Rev. Gary […]