175th Anniversary Special Events

Sharing the Joy of the Gospel in Our Nation's Capital for 175 Years!

Originally built in 1840 at 15th and H Streets, St. Matthew's Church became the center of a neighborhood that was home to working class people and Cabinet members. The church that was built on Rhode Island Avenue after 1893 became the Cathedral of the new Archdiocese of Washington in 1939, and in our own day experienced a major restoration, which we came together to celebrate in 2003.

Our Cathedral Parish continues to play a central role in the Catholic life of Washington, D.C.  It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Washington and the site of the annual fall Red Mass. World leaders crowded the church for President John F. Kennedy's funeral on November 25, 1963. Pope John Paul celebrated Mass at St. Matthew's on October 6, 1979.

In our 175th year we look now, as always, to the living stones of St. Matthew’s—our parishioners and clergy, friends and benefactors—and invite all to join us in celebration, and further anticipation, of our parish’s graced growth into a vibrant and diverse community alive in Christ. Friends, neighbors and visitors are welcome to attend the special events planned for our 175th Anniversary Year Celebration, which began with Choral Vespers, An Ecumenical Prayer Service on January 25th.

175th Anniversary Special Events      

  • Sunday, April 26, 3pm

Address by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, followed by a reception (view the flyer)

The Catholic Standard in its May 10, 2015 issue covered Cardinal Sean O'Malley's 175th Anniversary Address at the Cathedral, calling St. Matthew's a place "close to the heart" of the Boston Cardinal. View the article.

  • Sunday, October 11, after all Masses

Celebration of our many cultures, with traditional food, dress, music and dance 

  • Saturday, October 17, 6pm

175th Anniversary Gala, with cocktails, dinner and dancing

  • Sunday, November 1, 12:00 noon (combining 11:30am and 1pm Masses)

Bilingual Mass, with Cardinal Wuerl as Principal Celebrant, followed by a reception

  • Sunday, November 22, 7:30pm

175th Anniversary Concert, featuring the Schola Cantorum and Festival Singers

  • Sunday, December 13, 7:30pm

Lessons and Carols, a celebration of the Birth of Christ in Word and Song, featuring the Schola Cantorum

(Times subject to change.  Please watch for future announcements.)