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The Cathedral in the Life of the
Diocese of California

A cathedral has a special and distinctive role in the life of a diocese. As the seat of the diocesan bishop, it is the visible sign and gathering point of the diocese's prayer, activity, and unity; where it's interests, needs, and ministries are remembered before God; and where the daily celebration of the Eucharist and the sacred offices maintain the ancient rhythms of worship.

Grace Cathedral hosts a variety of major diocesan-wide events, including ordinations, confirmations, the annual Holy Week Chrism Mass, training days, and diocesan convention. The parishes, programs, personnel, and agencies of the diocese are prayed for in turn at Morning and Evening Prayer. The nave chaplain program welcomes clergy from throughout the diocese to celebrate the mid-day Eucharist on weekdays and to serve as a pastoral presence in the cathedral much of the day.

Grace Cathedral is one of three major and purpose-built Episcopal cathedrals in the United States, the others being the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.  These three cathedrals play an iconic role in the national life of the Episcopal Church and in the wider Anglican Communion. The Diocese of California has the third largest cathedral in the Episcopal Church, and one of the most well-known cathedrals in the Anglican Communion.

Clergy and parishes:  Take advantage of what your cathedral has to offer

Grace Cathedral, as your cathedral in the Diocese of California, welcomes your visit, pilgrimage, prayers, and participation.

The cathedral is open daily for visiting, walking the labyrinth, and prayer.  Traditionally, cathedrals serve as places of pilgrimage. To bring a group for pilgrimage or study at the cathedral, email Mary Wood or call 415-749-6327.
You are always most welcome to join any service.  If you would like to bring a large group, we'll warmly welcome you. Email the Office of the Congregation or call 415-749-6327.  We offer educational opportunities including The Forum, concerts and events. If you're bringing a group, we'd love to welcome you. Email Development or call 415-749-6357.
Clergy interested in assisting at worship, please email the Liturgical Administrator or call
To contact any of the cathedral clergy, please visit the clergy page.


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