About the Cathedral

Christ Church was founded in 1858, when Eau Claire was little more than a small logging community.  It was made into a cathedral in 1928, when the Diocese of Eau Claire was formed out of a portion of the Diocese of Milwaukee.  A cathedral is the ‘Mother Church’ of a diocese, and it is the church where the bishop of the diocese is seated, so the cathedral is a pilgrimage center for all Episcopal congregations in northwestern Wisconsin.  The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire is part of the Episcopal Church in the United States, and also part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. 

Celebrating the EucharistWe trace our worship heritage to the Church of England, and further to the Western, or Roman Tradition.  We are part of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church that has been carrying on the mission of Jesus Christ for two millennia.

Our primary function is the worship of God, to enrich and empower His servants to fulfill their vocation as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Our main act of worship is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  During this service, we gather together to hear God’s Word in Holy Scripture, to pray together, and to celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion.  Our worship is an expression of the worship that Christians have been offering to God from the beginning.  It blends together timeless traditions, rich prayers and beautiful music, to make a loving fellowship, which celebrates new life.   In our worship, we give thanks to God for all His gifts to us, especially for restoring us to fullness of life in Jesus Christ.  We are nourished by giving thanks, and we are given strength by God for the continuation of His work in the world.

Through our worship together, we are made into One Body in Christ, and like any body we have many different members, each performing essential functions.  We celebrate that God has called together people from diverse backgrounds and lives to worship together, and we recognize that our diversity is a gift from God, given to enrich our life together.  We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life to join us in our celebration.

You are welcome, and we would value your gifts and presence with us.