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Angel Tree

Sunday, November 27th marks the beginning of Advent and that means our Angel Tree will be up and awaiting your generous gifts. The weather forecast for the coming months is one of extreme cold and snow, so the Angel Tree is asking that you donate men's hats and gloves which will be given to the Mother Rose Boutique. There are four Sundays in Advent as you all know, so we are hoping that around our tree will be overflowing.
Posted on November 12, 2016

A message from the Bishops
of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Hartford, CT. – Our country is deeply divided. We are divided by: class, race, gender, sexuality, education level, religion, geography, blue and red states . . . and the list goes on and on. Sadly, the divisions in our country were exacerbated by the recently completed campaign season. The results of yesterday's presidential election reveal, once again, just how deeply divided we are as the United States of America today.+Continue Reading
Posted on November 9, 2016

A Message From Our Dean

Dear Cathedral Family,

Today marked the end of the presidential campaign. As I said in last Sunday’s sermon, let us continue to speak love to a world which desperately needs it.

Regardless of how we have experienced, individually, the results of the campaign, let us not forget that our call to proclaim the Good News of Jesus, to serve the needy, tend to the sick and work towards justice, equality and racial reconciliation continues.

Our community has been faithful throughout the years in responding to the signs of the time, exercising our prophetic voice, serving as bridge-builder and reconcilers. Let us continue to embrace unity in diversity. I am thankful for your participation in that holy work.

Please read and inwardly digest the online message from our ECCT Bishops posted Wednesday as they invite us to unity and reconciliation in a deeply divided country.

Saints, let us speak love. Let us continue to make a difference in the world, by sharing God’s unending love with all those around us.

The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell

Posted on November 9, 2016

A Letter to the People of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
Reflection On Our Nation's Election

Hartford, CT. – On November 8, we will again be called upon to exercise our civic duty of voting for the leaders of our nation, our states and our local communities. It is a great privilege and responsibility to vote; one not available to all people around the globe. We give thanks for all those in our country's history who have fought for our democratic right to vote, and for those who continue to work today to ensure that such freedoms continue. +Continue Reading
Posted on October 28, 2016

Christ Church Cathedral selects Robert August as its new Director of Music.

Hartford, CT. – The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral has appointed Robert August as  Director of music, effective October 12, 2016.  As head of our Cathedral Music Department, he will lead the cathedral’s choir, facilitate and coordinate concerts, support diocesan wide Cathedral liturgical offerings and will serve as liaison of our Cathedral in the ECCT’s Liturgy, Music and Art Network.  Mr. August will be responsible to develop a comprehensive music program reflective of  our diverse community and a Cathedral in the 21st Century.

  Robert’s experience in organ performances and long history in conducting and teaching music both in the United States and Europe makes him ideally suited to lead our music community. “He has led a variety of coalitions and projects, and his knowledge will enrich our music department and cathedral.
Our Cathedral is blessed to welcome an accomplished musician to serve in this role.
Thanks be to God.” said Dean Howell. +Robert's Bio
Posted on October 14, 2016

A Letter to the People of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
Reflections: Finding Balance

Many of us this summer found ourselves at times watching the summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro. We were captivated by the talents of individuals and teams and reminded of the hard work and dedication of athletes all over the world as well as their supporting colleagues who helped make their athletic abilities the best in their field. +Continue Reading
Posted on September 10, 2016

Celebration of the Spirit
Sunday, November 20, 2016,
10:30 a.m.
XL Center, Hartford

The 233rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut will include a diocesan-wide Eucharist on Sunday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Both the Eucharist and programs highlighting select Ministry Networks, is being called "Celebration of the Spirit". This celebration marks both our common life and the many and diverse ways that the Spirit is leading us in God's mission into our neighborhoods, our state and our world.

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop, will be the preacher at the Eucharist.

If you would like to attend the Celebration of the Spirit Eucharist, please rsvp to Peggy at peggy.ornell@cccathedral.org by September 1, as seats are on a first come, first served basis. Space will fill up quickly so don't wait!

Posted on August 21, 2016

A Letter to the People of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
Reflections: Thoughts about work and prayer

I think in my 25 years of ordained ministry I have preached a few good sermons drawing on the lesson from Luke 10:38-42 that we heard on Pentecost 11. The passage tells the story of when Jesus says to Martha, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful, Mary (your sister) has chosen the good portion (Translation from the RSV)." Mary was sitting at the Lord's feet and listening to the teachings of Jesus, while Martha was distracted by a variety of tasks. +Continue Reading
Posted on August 4, 2016

Message from our Priest for Pastoral Care & Congregational Life - The Rev. Jay Cooke

The recent tragic events involving African Americans and law enforcement have prompted strong reactions in society as well as in our Cathedral Congregations. The open forum that took place earlier in July revealed powerful thoughts and feelings about the events that have occurred and how they impact each of us emotionally and spiritually. +Continue Reading
Posted on July 27, 2016

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Robert and Dolores August In Concert

12/4/2016 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Cathedral Discernment Report

Christ Church Cathedral embarked in a discernment journey of 18 months to answer pivotal questions such as what it is a Cathedral in the 21 Century? Does the Episcopal Church in Connecticut needs a Cathedral? If so, is Christ Church at the Corner of Church and Main up to live into a new vision?

A Task Force appointed by Bishop Douglas led our discernment process. On November 2015, a final discernment report was presented to the Annual Convention of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Christ Church Cathedral was reaffirmed as the Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut... +Continue Reading

State Of The Cathedral Report 2015

At our 2015 Annual Meeting our Dean, the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell addressed the Cathedral Congregation, presenting an overview of our current participation in God’s mission as well as opportunities and challenges we face as we seek to serve as a resource for the formation of apostles in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut... +Continue Reading

The Work Of Our Cathedral Chapter

Our governing body, the Cathedral Chapter is living into our new vision. Currently, the Chapter is supporting our participation in God’s mission in four main areas:

  • Cathedral Congregations
  • Cathedral Governance
  • Engaging the City
  • Sent into the World (ECCT- TEC)

To learn more about the work of Chapter, please contact our Dean, the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell at lina.howell@cccathedral.org.  The most recent Chapter meeting minutes and packages are available...+Explore    

Sent Into The World

Our Cathedral serves as a resource for the formation of apostles in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. This is done in a variety of ways, from providing space for worship and mission at Church By The Pond to sponsoring and hosting missional experiments across the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.+Explore

Church Street Eats

Our Cathedral‘s feeding program is one of the largest in the Greater Hartford Area. We participate in God’ mission by providing support to our brothers and sisters in need. +Explore


Church By The Pond

Based on Boston's "Common Cathedral" model, we don't wait for people to find us. Instead, we set up our altar in a highly visible public setting. Our mission is to bring the good news of Jesus Christ’s love and salvation to the all people.

Our Cathedral Congregations

The Cathedral congregations represent a diverse, multicultural and multilingual community. Our Cathedral congregations are comprised of four worshipping communities, each with distinctive identity and characteristics... +Continue Reading

Participating in God’s Mission

Each and every one of us, by virtue of our baptism, is indeed included in that great mission of God to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

Bishop Ian T. Douglas

   Participating in God's Mission


8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist in English

10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist in English

12:30 a.m. - La Misa/Holy Eucharist in Spanish


12 noon - Holy Eucharist


2:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Church by the Pond in Hartford's Bushnell Park along Jewell Street +Explore

All are welcome. Our diverse congregation comes from the Greater Hartford region to worship, pray, serve and learn together in an urban community. The episcopal church is a safe place where different points of view,  as well as questions are welcomed as part of our sacred space, where others are inspired by our worship and music, and still others are nourished by being part of a community of believers in Jesus Christ.  Our faith is based on Scripture, tradition and reason.

We hope this visit to our website  will encourage you to visit us in person. As Jesus said, "Come and see." Come and see what God is doing in and through our ministries.

There is a place for all of God's people here.


About Us

The Cathedral serves as resource for apostleship as we participate in God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation in the city of Hartford, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and in the world...+Continue Reading


Christ Church Cathedral is a histroic church located at the heart of the city of Hartford... +Continue Reading


Lay and ordained leaders work in collaboration to support our Cathedral and the wider community to participate in God’s mission and serve all God’s people.

Cathedral Staff

Cathedral staff are at the heart of our ogoing effort in participation of God's mission. Please view our staff page to learn what each one does.+Explore


Watch selected videos from our Youtube channel. +Watch Now


Our Cathedral is accessible to all persons with disabilities. The Cathedral's Main Street entrance has a ramp, and there is an elevator lift providing access to a unisex restroom.
The Cathedral House also has an elevator and has accessible bathrooms on the basement and second floors. The accessible entrance is in the alleyway between the Cathedral and Cathedral House.




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Participating in God’s Mission

Christ Church Cathedral has embarked on a new chapter in its history as an empowerer and nurturer of our apostolic calling to share Christ’s love with the world.

The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan

Cathedral Leadership

Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry.

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas
Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
Bishop Suffragan
The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell
Mr. Michael J. Southwick, ESQ.
Ms. Lucy Groening
Chair of Parish Committee
Mr. Robert Coykendall
Ms. Carlene Taylor
Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Daniel Kingman
The Rev. Heidi Truax
Assistant Secretary




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Participating in God's Mission!

Our Cathedral models and empowers of our apostolic calling to share Christ's love with the world. I am excited about new connections emerging all around connecticut which our Cathedral is nurturing.

image01 The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens | Bishop Suffragan

Participating in God's Mission!

We in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut are increasingly embracing, as the vocation of this Cathedral is that it be a resource for our apostolic call to go in God’s mission, following Jesus, into the neighborhood, traveling lightly.

image01 The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas | Bishop Diocesan

I am very aware of some of the differences that may be among us with regard to the best ways to follow the call of Jesus through our public advocacy. And we must always be respectful of and loving toward one another on this.

image01 The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry | Presiding Bishop

Each and every one of us, by virtue of our baptism, is indeed included in that great mission of God to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ

image01 The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas | Bishop Diocesan

As the cathedral embarks on a new chapter with the collaborative and faithful leadership of Lina Howell as dean, I see abundant opportunities for the episcopal church in Connecticut to engage with our cities and local contexts in new ways.

image01The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens | Bishop Suffragan

In baptism we are empowered to be agents of God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation in the world. Baptism is our commission, co-mission, to be about God’s mission in the world

image01 The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas | Bishop Diocesan