Mark your calendar for the next Cathedral Day: Saturday, April 22, 2023!


What is Cathedral Day?

Cathedral Day is a celebration of the community of the Diocese of Olympia—a "family reunion" for Episcopalians from across western Washington. Both Cathedral Day 2020 and Cathedral Day 2021 were cancelled due to the pandemic, but Cathedral Day returned in May 2022, with all the fun and fellowship of this beloved tradition. Cathedral Day is a time for connecting across communities, experiencing your cathedral in a new light... and a lot of fun. There’s something for everyone—no matter your age!

A liturgy of Holy Eucharist with the rites of confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation for candidates from parishes near and far will begin at 10:30 a.m., opening with a grand, colorful procession of parish banners. Following the service, all are invited to have lunch from food trucks and participate in activities for all ages.

Food truck lunch is free with advance registration. All parishes in the diocese are encouraged to send a representative with their parish banner for the procession, whether or not there are confirmation candidates from your parish. For more information, contact Tonja May at tmay@ecww.org or Canon Wendy Claire Barrie wbarrie@saintmarks.org.


Cathedral Day 2022 Schedule

  • 9 a.m.  •  Candidates and sponsors check-in
  • 9:15 a.m.  •  Candidates and sponsors rehearsal in the nave
  • 9:45 a.m.  •  Candidates meet with Bishop Rickel in Bloedel Hall
  • 10:10 a.m.  •  Procession of candidates and parish representatives forms in front of cathedral (outdoors)
  • 10:30 a.m.  •  Festive Holy Eucharist with Rites of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation
  • 12 p.m.  •  Food trucks ready for lunch service
  • 1–3 p.m.  •  Time for fellowship, and activities for all ages!
    • Bounce house sponsored by Camp Huston, scavenger hunt, collaborative art project, garden activities including making seed bombs, planting, and recycled paper airplanes that will be launched from the organ loft.
    • Meet New Friends icebreaker activity, music, labyrinth, Indigenous Coast Salish artist Peter Boome's art show, tour of the mighty Flentrop organ, garden-themed photo booth

UPDATE: Video of the liturgy portion of Cathedral Day 2022 can be seen here:

Watch Bishop Rickel's video invitation to Cathedral Day 2022: 

Above: The first Cathedral Day in Seattle, May 1931