About the Cathedral
Welcome to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Episcopal Church USA, Diocese of Spokane
St. John’s Cathedral is one of the few examples in the United States of classic Gothic architecture.The Cathedral was begun in 1925 and completed in less than a generation. It is the sucessor to All Saints Cathedral, which stood in downtown Spokane, and is the fulfillment of the dream of the Right Reverend Edward Makin Cross, Third Bishop of Spokane.
The Cathedral has three interwoven functions:
- It is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, the location of the official seat of the Bishop and the center of many Diocesan activities. The Diocese encompasses that part of the state of Washington east of the Cascade Mountains and the Idaho Panhandle, that part north of the Salmon River. We are part of the Episcopal Church USA and the worldwide Anglican communion.
- The Cathedral is also the home of a large parish congregation.
- In addition, its prominent location above the city lends to the Cathedral’s role as a center for public gatherings and cultural activities for Spokane.
Our Cathedral is more than inspiring works of human hands; it is people working and worshiping together, sharing a great vision, pointing to God and embracing our neighbors. Every stone, window, carving — every tangible thing you see here — is a testament to God's Love acting in someone's life, offered in thanksgiving to inspire others. The Bishop, the Dean and the members of the Cathedral congregation welcome you to visit. If you are seeking a church home we hope you will worship with us and learn more of the life of the congregation.
Free Cathedral Tours
Guided tours of St. John’s Cathedral are available Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. On Sundays, September through May, guided tours are available for one hour after the last morning worship service. Naturally, funerals, weddings, civic and cultural events take place in our parish, and tours will not be given during these events. Enter the Cathedral through the Welcome Center or South Transept doors on 12th Avenue. To arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, please contact us 10 business days or more in advance of the visit. Group tour bookings normally are not made more than 90 days in advance.