Washington National Cathedral is a place for spiritual enrichment and an architectural feat of stunning beauty. Whether you come for worship, a tour, concert, pilgrimage, or an insightful program, it is a place open to all – it is open to you.

Our Mission

Washington National Cathedral is dedicated to serve as a house of prayer for all people and a spiritual home for the nation.

We strive to fulfill our mission in four main areas:

  • as a national church, dedicated to serving the country and its many faith traditions;
  • as a national treasure, dedicated to serving visitors and pilgrims;
  • as the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, dedicated to serving the diocese, the three schools on the Cathedral Close, and its worshiping community;
  • as a convener, dedicated to create programming to bring people together in conversation and partnership.

Our Vision

Washington National Cathedral seeks to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in the world.

We give shape to our vision through public witness, creative programs and corporate worship. We welcome all who visit us with open hands and hearts, seeking to serve as a positive example for holy places everywhere. Our most important work builds on the Cathedral’s power to invite us all to experience the grace and mystery of God.

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith
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John Donoghue
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