Information for Pilgrims  

Archbishop Brunett has designated St. James Cathedral as one of several places of pilgrimage in the Archdiocese of Seattle for the Year of St. Paul. Read more here.

To obtain the plenary indulgence for this Year of St. Paul, you must:

  • Celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation (confession)
  • Receive Holy Communion
  • Make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls or to a
    place designated by the local bishop (in Seattle, this includes St. James
  • Join in a public prayer that honors St. Paul and offer your own prayers
    for the unity of Christians
  • You may obtain the plenary indulgence either for yourself or for the deceased
  • A plenary indulgence may not be obtained more than once in a day

At the place of pilgrimage, you should spend some time in private prayer in honor of St. Paul. At St. James Cathedral, a place of prayer has been established in the Cathedral's west aisle, where you can light a candle and pray a special prayer for the Jubilee Year. To obtain the plenary indulgence, you should also join in a public prayer in honor of St. Paul.

We encourage pilgrims to participate in Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, which is celebrated each Sunday at 4:00pm. A reading from St. Paul forms part of this Eucharistic celebration. It would also be fitting to join in the ecumenical prayer service with music from Taizé, offered each Friday evening at 6:30pm, which also includes readings from
St. Paul.

In addition, a special novena is planned for the conclusion of the Year of St. Paul, beginning June 20, 2009 and concluding on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Monday, June 29, 2009, the solemn conclusion of the Year of St. Paul. Each Mass during this time will conclude with a procession to the place of prayer and the praying of a litany in honor of St. Paul. Additional information on the novena is forthcoming.

If you have any questions, please contact Corinna Laughlin.


St. James Cathedral, Seattle