For more than 100 years, St. James Cathedral has stood atop Seattle's First Hill. The cathedral is the place of the cathedra, the bishop's chair; and it is more: through long centuries of tradition, cathedrals have been centers for service of the poor, for dialogue and the life of the mind, for the beauty of liturgy, music, and art.
As Father Michael G. Ryan, Cathedral Pastor, has written, "St. James Cathedral plays both sentinel and beacon as it stands watch over a vibrant city, calling people to prayer, challenging them to justice, enticing them with beauty.... The embrace of any cathedral should be wide. Sooner or later, people of all faiths and of no faith at all find their way there. St. James is no exception. From its earliest days up to the present, St. James Cathedral has welcomed all people of good will who entered its doors. The future will be no different. St. James will continue to be not only a church but a crossroads and a center: a crossroads where people explore ideas old and new in light of the Gospel; a center for cultural and ecumenical events which help to shape the fabric of a vital urban community."
Real tours of the Cathedral Wednesdays at 1:00pm; groups of 4 or more can arrange a special tour by contacting Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086