It all started in 1837, when some of Indianapolis’s earliest residents founded Christ Church Cathedral as a congregation of the Episcopal Church. At the time, Monument Circle was rutted and muddy, and we surrounded our property with a fence—it was the only way to keep pigs out of the churchyard. Construction on the current building began in 1857 and, today, CCC is the home and ceremonial seat of the bishop of Indianapolis, who oversees 46 congregations in central and southern Indiana.

But CCC is more than a cathedral. We are a refuge for the city, and we believe, as it says in The Book of Common Prayer, in the “dignity of every human being.” Our doors are open 365 days a year—to the homeless, the lost, the steadfast, the strong. Together, we widen the circle of God’s embrace across Indianapolis. We are the “Little Church on the Circle.”

 

Our Story
WIDENING THE CIRCLE OF GOD'S EMBRACE WITH HEART AND VOICE

In 2013, we adopted a new mission: widening the circle of God’s embrace with heart and voice. To make our vision a reality, we emphasize relationships and go where the energy is. We embrace questions and curiosity. We advocate for the LGBT and Hispanic communities, discuss the power of God over a pint, and host yoga on Monument Circle. Click here to learn more about CCC’s mission and outreach programs.

Our Story

While guided by Episcopalian traditions and structures, CCC encourages the exploration of faith. Parishioners grow spiritually at their own pace and are welcome to partake in communion, be a guest at one of our Sunday services, or attend our weekday services. Visit our worship page for more information.

  • Sunday Worship
    Sunday Worship

    CCC offers three distinct Sunday services: a quiet and prayerful celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., a celebration of the Holy Eucharist with music and choral accompaniment at 10 a.m., and a Spanish-language service, Santa Misa, at 1 p.m.

  • Weekday Worship
    Weekday Worship

    CCC hosts three services each weekday. The 15-minute service at 8:30 a.m. celebrates the beauty of morning, and the 30-minute service at 12:05 p.m. is ideal for those who live and work downtown. A reverent, end-of-the-day prayer service begins at 5:15 p.m.

  • Special Worship
    Special Worship

    CCC holds special services throughout the year. Prior to celebrating Christmas, we honor the season of Advent. We also hold Ash Wednesday and Lenten services. The Easter Sunday service includes the renewal of baptismal vows and a children’s Easter egg hunt.

Our Story

The choirs. The organs. The concerts. Music at Christ Church Cathedral has long played a pivotal role in connecting choristers and congregants to each other, to the church’s history, to the Episcopalian tradition, and to God. Click here to learn more about how music brings life to CCC.

  • Choirs
    Choirs

    There are several choirs at CCC, including the Choir of Men & Choristers, the Coro Hispano, and the Gallery Choir, which performs twice a month.

  • Organs
    Organs

    CCC’s organs include the Chancel Organ, the Gallery Organ, and the Frederick E. Weber Memorial Continuo Positive Organ.

  • Get Involved
    Get Involved

    At CCC, music is an integral part of worship. To learn more about our music program or to get involved, contact Michael Boney, director of music.

Our Story

Christ Church Cathedral is mission-minded, and we work collectively and cooperatively to provide service to individuals and neighborhoods in need. From our Interfaith Hunger Initiative in Indianapolis to our international mission trips, we are dedicated to providing individualized, inclusive, and unique service experiences.

  • Within the Church

    There are a number of ways to volunteer at CCC. Serve as an acolyte or altar guild member, provide hot meals to the homeless on Sunday mornings, or help the Saint Martha’s Guild coordinate and celebrate events like receptions and picnics.

  • Throughout The City

    CCC is an outward-facing church that advocates for the LGBT and Hispanic communities. We provide for the homeless population, have an Adopt-A-Family program, and use the money raised by the Strawberry Festival to provide grants to those in need.

  • Around the World

    CCC generally plans one mission trip each year. In the past, parishioners have traveled to Navajoland and Appalachia. CCC has a partner relationship with La Transfiguración, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and also works alongside the Diocese of Brasília.