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Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Archdiocese of Washington


The Cathedral church and parish is named for Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants, recognizing all those who serve in the municipal, state, and national governments and the many international organizations located in the metropolitan area. The church is the seat or cathedra of the Archbishop of Washington. As the Mother Church of the archdiocese, it plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital.

Established in 1840, the parish church originally was located at 15th and H Streets, N.W. Construction of the present church began in 1893 under the direction of Monsignor Thomas Sim Lee. The first Mass was celebrated on June 2, 1895. The church was formally dedicated in 1913 and designated a cathedral in 1939 when the Archdiocese of Washington was established.

Open Hours
Weekdays and Sundays: 6:30am until after the 5;30pm evening Liturgy

Saturdays: 7:30am until after the 5:30pm evening Liturgy

Times of Liturgical Celebrations
Vigil 5:30pm, Sunday 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am Latin, 11:30am (interpreted for the deaf), 1:00pm (en español), 5:30pm

7:00am (except July 1-Aug. 30), 8:00am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm

Saturdays: 8:00am & 12:10pm

Federal Holidays
8:00am & 12:10pm

Holy Days: 5:30pm vigil, 7:00am, 8:00am, 11:00am (except for the Assumption), 12:10pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm (en español)

Hours for Confession
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

11:00am-12:00pm (except Holy Days and Federal Holidays)


Wednesday evenings during Lent.

Other Information
Liturgy of the Hours: Morning Prayer
Wednesday and Friday at 7:30am (St. Anthony Chapel)

First Friday of each month (12:45pm-5:15pm)
Third Monday of each month (6:00pm-7:00pm with confessions)

Reparation to the Blessed Virgin
First Saturday of each month at 12:10pm

St. Anthony Novena
Tuesdays after 5:30pm Mass

Miraculous Medal Novena
Wednesdays after 5:30pm Mass


1725 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, Stati Uniti d'America