Cityscapes and Escapes: Emily Wahl

In the month of April, the Cloister Gallery welcomes watercolor painter Emily Wahl, who will exhibit “Cityscapes and Escapes.” An opening reception will be held Friday, April 10, from 6–8 p.m. “I am pulled in two directions,” Wahl says, “by the excitement of the city and the peacefulness and majestic beauty of the mountains. Both [read more…]

Bookstore News

Cover of "Afloat on a Full Sea"

On Sunday, April 19, Cathedral member Joann Russell will be in the Cathedral Bookstore to sign her book, “Afloat on a Full Sea.” Russell, who was born at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Galveston, explores Galveston’s bustling history through the life of her great-great-grandfather, Captain Charles Clarke. Please join us to celebrate Joann’s accomplishment and to [read more…]

New Sunday drop-off zone created in front of Cathedral entrance

A street sign with the "No Parking" symbol

The city has designated 12 parking spaces in front of the church as “no parking” on Sundays, allowing the Cathedral to create a drop-off zone on Texas Avenue for Sunday services. This will enable a shorter walk to the church for those in need. You can be let out of your car right in front [read more…]

Cathedral heads west for parish picnic

A flying kite in the shape of a butterfly

One of the great blessings of being a Cathedral community is that we worship together with people drawn from all over Houston. However, this also poses a challenge as we try to get to know each other and build community. In response to this challenge, on Saturday, April 18, from 4–7 p.m., the Cathedral is [read more…]

Tallis Scholars ensemble to perform in April 25 concert

The Tallis Scholars

Conductor Peter Phillips and his legendary British singers, the Tallis Scholars, are coming to Houston for one night only, Saturday, April 25, for a concert hosted by Christ Church Cathedral as part of the Sanders Series. Throughout more than 1750 concerts and across a catalog of award-winning recordings, Phillips and the Tallis Scholars have done [read more…]

Bishop Doyle to give keynote at Bishop Richardson Society appreciation dinner

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle

On Thursday, May 14, the Bishop Richardson Society will host an appreciation dinner for its members at the River Oaks Country Club. At this celebratory event, the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas, will be the keynote speaker, sharing stories of his love for the Cathedral and the Episcopal Church. Formal [read more…]

Brooke Summers-Perry named as director of new Hines Center

Brooke Summers-Perry

Dean Thompson is pleased to announce the hiring of Brooke Summers-Perry as the executive director for the Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. Summers-Perry brings a unique combination of skills, gifts, and interests to the role. Her experience includes 20 years of design and project management, 10 years of innovative community development, and eight years [read more…]

KariAnn Lessner called as minister for children, families

KariAnn Lessner

Dean Barkley Thompson is pleased to announce that KariAnn Lessner will join the Cathedral staff on June 1 as minister for children and families. Lessner has 20 years of professional experience in the church working with both children and youth. Since 2005, she has served as director of parish life at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church [read more…]

China Minorities, American Perceptions: Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel

Detail of oil paintings by Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel

The March Cloister Gallery exhibit by artists Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel shares impressions of the ethnic minority regions of Southern China through original oil paintings. The show will open with a celebration of art and culture Friday, March 6, from 6–8 p.m. Traveling through the lush jagged countryside of Southern China, American artists Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel [read more…]

Dean’s Book Club selections

Cover of "Lamb"

The Dean’s Book Club discusses a different book at each meeting, including novels, nonfiction, and books on spirituality and faith. Books are selected by the group and are available for purchase from the Cathedral Bookstore. All are welcome. The club meets in the McGehee Conference Room from 6:30–8 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, April [read more…]

Quarterly update from the Vestry

The 2015 Cathedral Vestry

By Bess Wareing, Senior Warden I’m happy to report that the first quarter of 2015 has been a productive and exciting one for the vestry. Hopefully it comes as no surprise to hear that the 2015 Every Member Canvass campaign exceeded expectations, raising more than $3,090,000 from 603 pledges. Thanks again to chairs Scottie and [read more…]

Sponsor Easter lilies at rood screen

Easter lilies

Easter is a wonderful time to remember that each person, like a lily, is a creation meant to glorify God. As you consider those who mean the most to you, you may want to remember or honor them. Sponsor one or more lilies that grace the rood screen at the Cathedral for our great festival [read more…]

Weekly Way of the Cross observance follows Jesus through his suffering, death

Jesus takes up his Cross

The Lenten journey invites us to follow the path of the Lord as he travels the way of self-examination, of self-denial, and of self-discovery. Throughout many centuries, it has given Christians the opportunity to bring their call to follow Christ into sharper focus by eliminating from their lives some of the “spiritual clutter” with which [read more…]

Five noted speakers to explore topic of penitence, forgiveness in Lenten series

Miroslav Volf at the Lenten Series

The “Invitation to a Holy Lent” in the Ash Wednesday service reminds us that “all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.” This year’s Robert C. Stuart Lenten Series seeks to explore this mandate in a program entitled “Restored to Fellowship: Reconciled by Penitence and Forgiveness.” This year’s speakers include: Pastor Juanita RasmusFebruary [read more…]

Hines Center to open in fall 2015

A four-story office building on the corner of a block

The Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral is pleased to announce the approval of the Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality & Prayer. Named to honor the legacy of the former Christ Church rector, later the fourth Bishop of Texas and 22nd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Hines Center’s mission is as follows: [read more…]