Christ Church Cathedral is an Episcopal church in an urban environment. The Cathedral is the seat of the bishops of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Christ Church was founded in 1762. Our building was erected/consecrated in 1828 and set apart as the Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut in 1919.
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.
The Cathedral is part of the Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church is a safe place where differing points of view, as well as questions, are welcomed as part of our spiritual journey. The three pillars of our faith are scripture, tradition and reason.We trace our spiritual roots to the Church of England and the apostolic succession, which goes back to the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.
The Cathedral’s four congregations represent a diverse, inclusive, multicultural and multilingual community coming from Greater Hartford, both the city and suburbs, to worship, pray, serve and learn together.
Our worship encompasses both traditional Anglican style and allows space for liturgical experimentation and contemporary forms of worship. We are blessed with an excellent music program, providing outstanding music that supports our worship and offers concerts and recitals throughout the year.
As an urban community located in the heart of the city of Hartford, we respond to our baptismal covenant by being a place of hospitality and support to our brothers and sisters in need.
All God’s people are welcome at our Cathedral
The Chapter is the governing body of the Cathedral. Members of the Episcopal Church in Connecticutand members of the Cathedral congregation are elected at the Annual Diocesan Convention and at the Annual Meeting of the Cathedral congregations. The Diocesan Bishop serves as chair. The Chapter meets four times a year.
The Executive Committee of the Chapter consists of the following voting members:
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, Murray Harrison, Cathedral Congregations Committee Chair Tom Smith, Treasurer Michael O’ Brian, and Chancellor Michael Southwick.
Cathedral Congregations Committee
The Cathedral Congregations Committee advises the Cathedral clergy, provides leadership to the congregation and, in consultation with the Dean, oversees the congregation’s Ministry Teams. The members of the Congregations Committee also serve as full members of the Cathedral Chapter, and the Committee Chair serves on the Chapter’s Finance and Executive Committees.
The members of the Parish Committee are: Tom Smith, Chair; Anne Bartholomew, Vice Chair; Jilda Aliotta, Richard Baraglia, Evelyn Diaz, Melissa McBride, Mike O'Brien,, Lucy Groening, and Lilibeth Warner.
Cathedral Finance Committee
The Cathedral Finance Committee includes: the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, Chair; Mike O’Brien, Treasurer and Clerk of the Committee; Jilda, Aliotta, The Rev. Canon Douglas Cooke; The Rev. Virgina Army, and Tom Smith ex-officio.