Bishop Thomas Breidenthal leads our annual Advent Wednesday evening series on December 5, 12 and 19, as he explores the history of Christian thought about Mary as it relates to Jesus, judgment and mercy. This focus ties in with the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s formation initiative, Becoming Beloved Community. Scheduled from from 6:05 PM to 8:00 PM in Centennial Chapel, the evenings will include prayer, a meal, the bishop’s presentations and, always, time for questions and answers. See the topics below.


Week 1: Mary and the Humanity of Christ
Wednesday, December 5
This session focuses on the crucial importance of the early church’s understanding of Mary as Theotokos (God-Bearer), as the church explored how Jesus could be both God and human.


Week 2: Mary as Prophetic Witness 
Wednesday, December 12
This session focuses on the Magnificat, the canticle based on Mary’s witness to her cousin Elizabeth immediately following Mary’s agreement to become the mother of the Messiah (Luke 1:26-56).


Week 3: What is Mary’s Role Today?
Wednesday, December 19
This session begins with how in the Middle Ages, the church increasingly viewed Mary as a portal to the mercy of Jesus. This is still a significant component of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox spirituality. The Protestant reformation, asserting that every believer has direct assess to Jesus as Savior, largely rejected any notion that Mary intercedes for us. However, the Anglican tradition has remained open to the place of Mary in our relationship to Jesus. Tonight, the bishop walks us through that door.

The Cathedral Academy

About The Cathedral Academy

The Cathedral Academy offers classes of spiritual and theological substance to members of the cathedral, as well as the community, each fall and winter/spring. The classes are free; registration is requested. They are offered on Wednesday evenings, and are structured as follows: Evening Prayer at 6:05 pm, dinner at 6:30, class at 7:00, and Compline at 8:15. For more information, contact Canon Manoj Zacharia.


Read about our upcoming Advent Series to the left.


Looking ahead, check out these offerings in 2019: 2019 Lenten Series and 2019 Lenten Retreat.


Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship and engage in theological reflection together.


As the emphasis on lay ministry has grown, EfM has come to play an important role in the formation of a knowledgeable laity better able to respond to the ministry to which they are called. Every baptized person is called to ministry, and EfM provides individuals with the education to carry out that ministry. It is an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. To learn more about EfM offerings at Christ Church Cathedral, contact Dan Carlson.


The 13th Amenedment Punishment Clause and Mass Incarceration

A roundtable discussion on The 13th Amendment Punishment Clause and Mass Incarceration was commissioned by the Diocese of Southern Ohio and Christ Church Cathedral and convened by the Organization on Procedural Justice in March of 2017.  Read the transcript.