Spotlight: Washington National Cathedral

The National Cathedral opened for its first services in 2012.

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Mission: "Washington National Cathedral is called to be the spiritual home for the nation."

Contact Information: Phone: (202) 537-6200; Fax: (202) 364-6600; Address: Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW, Washington; Website: www.nationalcathedral.org

Financials: The 2011 fiscal year operating budget is $12.9 million, which represents a 12 percent reduction since 2010. More information about the cathedral's budget is available on its Budget FAQ page. 

History: According to the National Cathedral's website, "Since the celebrated moment in 1907 when workmen laid the foundation stone of Washington National Cathedral, the majestic structure has played a vital role in our nation’s history. The Cathedral has long served as a grand spiritual center where Americans unite to worship and pray, mourn the passing of world leaders, and confront the pressing moral and social issues of the day."

How you can help: If you're interested in volunteering your time at the cathedral, a spokeswoman explained how to get involved. "Make a difference at the cathedral, in the Washington community and in your own life by becoming a cathedral volunteer. All are welcome at this national house of prayer for all people. There are many types of jobs available and varied time requirements. Of course, the reward for service is always the service itself, but benefits include reserved seating at special worship services, special enrichment programs and a discount in cathedral shops." Find out more about volunteering online.


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