Christian Formation for Children and Youth
Christian formation classes for children and youth are held each Sunday morning at 9:35 in Garrett Hall.
In addition, a Children's Chapel is available during the first part of the 10:30 service. Children follow the cross out at the beginning of the service, attend Children's Chapel in the oratory just outside the Cathedral, and are escorted back to the Cathedral at the time of the peace.
Adult Christian Formation
Christian Formation classes for adults are offered each Sunday morning at 9:35 in the Great Hall. Classes explore every aspect of the Christian faith, ranging from understanding Scripture, applying Christian principles to daily life, and serving others as Christ served us. Newcomers and seekers welcome!
Current classes include "How to Speak Episcopalian" with Dean Neal Michell and "Key Events in the Book of Acts" with Keeley Chorn and Daniel Allen.
Growth groups are groups of twelve to fifteen people who meet regularly in a home or at the Cathedral for food, worship, talk or study, and prayer. Growth groups meet at a time that is convenient for the group members and are always open to new people. Growth groups facilitate the process of spiritual growth, challenging and encouraging each member to become a committed disciple of Jesus Christ, a person who loves God and neighbor, serving with their heads, hearts and hands. New Growth Groups are forming now. To find the one that is just right for you, contact Dean Neal Michell at 214-823-8134 or email Susie Rodriguez at
The Bishop's Camp
For seven weeks each summer, the Bishop's Camp provides a safe Christian learning environment for over one hundred children in our inner-city neighborhood. Our goal is to help these children maintain their reading skills over the summer break by providing daily one-to-one reading time with adult or teen volunteers. The camp also provides classes in math, music, art, and physical education in the morning and play time in the afternoon. Through participation in the DISD summer food program, a free lunch and snack are also provided.
Since no child is asked to pay a fee for attending Bishop's Camp, support for the camp is urgently needed. You can help make the camp possible by participating in the Bishop's Camp Golf Classic, which is held each year in September. For more information about the Golf Classic, check out the Bishop's Camp website at www.bishopscamp.org. Volunteers are also needed to read with the children each day during camp, which is from June 17th to July 30th this year. To volunteer or find out more about how you can participate in Bishop's Camp, please contact Lourdes Mendez at
or call the Cathedral office.
Aberg Center for Literacy
The mission of the Aberg Center is to provide free quality instruction on literacy levels 5 through 8 to adults in the East Dallas area, accompanied by free child care, so that the students may continue progress toward employment and educational goals, including preparing for the GED test.
The Aberg Center, founded at St. Matthew's Cathedral by Charles Aberg in 2002, is an example of Charles’ life-long determination to make the world a better place for others. An active member of St. Matthews Cathedral, Charles learned that many members of the church’s large Hispanic congregation wanted more than basic English as a second language (ESL) training. They were interested in improving their English and gaining skills that would enable them to lead productive lives in the English-speaking world. Until his life ended in April of 2005, one month shy of his 87th birthday, Charles was untiring in his commitment to ensuring that the Aberg Center fulfilled his mission.He accomplished that, and more, with a program that has become a fitting legacy to his commitment to helping others help themselves. For more information about the Aberg Center, please call 214-826-6501 or visit their website at www.nextstepesl.org.
The Mi Escuelita Preschool is pleased to be located on the campus of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. For over 30 years, Mi Escuelita Preschool, Inc. has proudly operated under the principle that all children deserve and require access to a quality education in addition to preventative health, dental, vision, nutritional, speech, and behavioral care.
Mi Escuelita has continuously worked with disadvantaged children of all languages and cultures, exposing them to English language, pre-reading, literacy, math, science, and social skills at an early age. With a low teacher-pupil ratio of 1:9, Mi Escuelita teachers are able to work closely with every child.
For more information about the Mi Escuelita Preschool at St. Matthew’s, please call 214-828-6226 or visit their website at www.miescuelita.org
Each Thursday morning for the last 10 years, St. Matthew's Cathedral has been giving bags of food to the needy. Food is collected on the first Sunday of each month. Lists of needed items are available on the last Sunday of the month. For more information about this important ministry, please contact Deacon Diana Luck.
The Coutnry Fair is the resale shop located in the undercroft (basement) of Cathedral. Open the thrid Saturday morning of each month, The Country Fair offers a varge selection of clothing and small household appliances and nkick knacks at really affordable prices.
Young Adults Ministry
Welcome! We are glad you have found the Young Adult ministry at St. Matthew's Cathedral. We hope you'll take a moment to see what we're up to and consider whether this community is a fit for you.
We are a group of young adults in the 25-40 age range who meet regularly to encourage one another and to grow in our understanding of our relationship with Christ, each other, and ourselves. We are a growing and new ministry at the Cathedral.
We combine Study, Service, and Social activities to help us grow in community. We have met in homes for small group Bible study discussion, in service activities at the church, and in local restaurants to get to know each other better socially.
The young adults go out to lunch every Sunday after the 10:30am church service (usually around noon) to a local restaurant. Join our email list to get weekly updates on where we'll be dining.
Community Group Fall Book Study
Dr. Austin Johnson is leading a study of C. S. Lewis's Great Divorce. The evening will consist of a light meal and discussion of selected passages from Lewis's book. Reading ahead is not required but recommended for the benefit of discussion.
The Fall Book Study will meet twice a month beginning September 3rd and concluding November 12th from 6:30-8:30pm in selected young adult homes.
Invite your friends and join us in studying a modern classic! Contact
for more information or sign up for our email list to get up-to-date information.
On Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00pm young adults, as well as other St. Matthew's parishioners, have begun meeting in the Oratory (St. Matthew's Chapel) for centering prayer.
What is centering prayer? In a few words, centering prayer is a method of praying based on Jesus' admonition to his disciples to pray in secret (Matthew 6:5ff). It is about learning to experience God's healing touch through silence.
All are welcome to attend and stay for Evening Prayer immediately following centering prayer.
Father David Miller has joined the staff of St. Matthew's Cathedral along with his wife Keeley to reach out to young adults. David is originally from Maryland, and Keeley grew up in Dallas. They both have a passion for revitalizing the Cathedral and the surrounding area through ministering to and with the young adults who live in the neighborhood.
Chris Tao serves as an intern at the Cathedral with his wife Marnie to support and grow the ministry to young adults.
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In April of 2006, St. Matthew’s Cathedral sent its first bilingual mission team to Arequipa, Peru. Working with SAMS missionaries Fr. Ron and Vicki Robertson, this bilingual team worked with locals to paint Cristo Redentor, the main Anglican church in Arequipa. As the song says, we left our hearts in Arequipa, falling in love with the people there and inspired by their dedication to spreading the good news of the Gospel.
Every year since, St. Matthew’s has sent a bilingual team to Arequipa. One of the delights of each trip is getting to know the children at the Anglican orphanages, called Casa Hogares. The children in these two orphanages received our team with open arms and quickly bonded with our team members, enjoying activities such as building things with puzzle blocks.
In 2008 the team visited a new residential area of Arequipa known as Villa Ecologica. Amidst these modest dwellings with no electricity or running water, the Anglican Church had purchased ten acres of land with a vision for building a church to serve the needs of these families. Our team caught the vision, and with lots of prayer and the approval of Dean Kevin and Bishop Stanton, we pledged to help make that new mission church a reality.
So the church Santiago Apóstol (St. James the Apostle) was born. The following spring our team dug a trench for the foundation (one meter deep!) and cheered when the first pole for the supporting structure was raised. In 2010 a team of eight people returned to continue helping them build the walls and bell tower out of sillar (a local white stone) and bricks. In 2011 the floor was laid, and in 2012 the roof and doors were completed.
Although progress is slow, the work continues in our absence, and we were thrilled to visit the Santiago blog (http://santiagoaqp.blogspot.com/ ) and see a picture of the Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday, which included the very first baptism at Santiago Apóstol!
We plan to continue our support of the Anglican Church and SAMS missionaries in Peru through prayer, financial support, and another mission trip in 2011. To find out how you can be a part of this mission, contact Fr. Tony Muñoz or Deacon Betty Barrios.
The Stanton Center
serves the Diocese of Dallas by providing:
a variety of courses in theology and spirituality, which meet the needs of Christians who desire to grow and mature in their discipleship.
certification programs for lay leaders in our parishes in the areas of Youth Ministry, Adult Formation, Spiritual Leadership, Evangelism, Preaching, and Pastoral Care.
all the required education and preparation for individuals seeking ordination to the Diaconate in the Diocese of Dallas.
education for those seeking ordination to the priesthood under the auspices of the Titus Project and the Rural Church Ministry Commission.
continuing education for clergy and seminars for lay leaders.
Stanton Center classes are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about our faith. Classes beginning in August of 2013 include Spiritual Leadership of Groups, Old Testament, New Testament, Moral Theology, Spiritual Theology, Systematic Theology, Pastoral Care, Historical Theology, Youth Ministry, the History, Role, and Meaning of the Diaconate, Sacramental Ministry of Deacons, Apologetics, and Homiletics.
Classes meet one weekend per month on the Cathedral campus. We have a diverse learning community and students enjoy fellowship in our small classes, monthly Eucharist and Saturday lunch together.
The Stanton Center seeks to restore the historic role of the Cathedral as the center for mission and spiritual life in the Diocese of Dallas. The focus of the Center’s mission is to equip and sustain lay and ordained leaders, enabling them to carry out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. In this way the Center assists the Diocese in nurturing and maintaining the sacred traditions of the Church and enabling all Christians to answer the call to ministry which we receive in Baptism.
Forms and Information
Stanton Center Application for Admission (pdf)
Stanton Center Registration for Fall 2013 (pdf)
New Catalog coming soon! Contact
for more information.
If you would like to receive more information about next year’s classes, please contact Deacon Nancy Powers, Stanton Center Director, at: 214-823-8134, ext. 228 or email
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