The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More News:

Exciting Cathedral Renovation Details

October 12, 2023

Construction has begun in earnest, and we are excited that progress is being made on this amazing project.

“As a bishop, I have the privilege of traveling to many other dioceses, particularly in our region, and witnessing the beauty and majesty of their cathedrals. It has been clear to me for some time that, for the benefit of the faithful, a cathedral renovation would more accurately reflect our devotion, love of God and evangelistic spirit. I pray that the coming changes to St. Thomas More Cathedral will be a blessing to our entire community, where all feel welcome to join as brothers and sisters in faith, to worship God and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”  Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Since its establishment in 1938, our parish has grown and adapted to changes both societal and liturgical. From the building in the North wing of the School, to the lower crypt church in what is now Burke Hall, to the edifice erected in 1961, people have found More here. They have experienced Christ in Word and Sacrament; in faith and fellowship. Chosen to be the “Mother Church” of the newly created Arlington Diocese in 1974, the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More became “more” than a local parish; it became the focal point of major diocesan events, both Sacramental and social. God’s grace is shared & revealed in the power of the Eucharist, the compassion of healing, and the mystery and wonder of anointing in Ordinations. It is right and fitting that the beauty our of faith has tangible representation in artistic expression. Today, in addition to our 2,000 parish families, we are a spiritual touchstone for the more than 400,000 souls within our diocese. As the Christ the Redeemer statue opens his arms to us, all will find faith and friendship at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More.

We have the chance as a parish family to make a lasting impression on the structure and symbolism of our Cathedral. Opportunities to honor loved ones with a $5,000 memorial gift of a pew are available as well as gifts in support of the Choir Loft lift. To honor our Patron Saint, there will be a permanent memorial to his life of service situated beneath the new rose window. This statue will serve as a welcome and witness to all who visit. A computer console located in the narthex will be accessible to view the various memorial items and names associated with them. You can be a part of our parish gift by generously donating to this effort.

From Our Rector:

“As you may have seen in the Herald or our various parish communications, the renovations for our Cathedral will indeed be impressive and add to the artistic and spiritual beauty of the building.

Bishop Burbidge undertook this endeavor on his own and has raised the necessary funds to ensure the project’s completion. We have the opportunity to show our support by contributing a parish-wide gift to this effort. As we are the “Mother Church” of the diocese, we are home and haven to hundreds of thousands. It is an honor and privilege to be that focal point of faith.

The Cathedral, and those who worship here, have benefitted from the kindness and commitment of generations of benefactors. I hope that others will prayerfully consider making a pledge, payable over one or two years, or one-time donation as part of our overall $400,000 parish commitment. As of October 12, we have received nearly $300,000 in gifts and pledges.

Thank you for prayerfully reflecting upon my request. Please know of my continued prayers for you; I ask you to remember me in yours. ” Most Rev. Patrick L. Posey, Rector

Read more in the Catholic Herald article: A cathedral renovation to mark 50 years as a diocese – Arlington Catholic Herald

For more information, contact Christine K. Hughes, Director of Advancement at or at
703-525-1300, ext. 19