The world premiere of Brian Whelan’s Passion of Edith Cavell

Exhibit: “The Great War:
Faith & Compassion on the Front Lines”


Opens Thursday, July 24

The Passion of Edith Cavell is a 14-panel painting installation that tells the story of the World War I British heroine Edith Cavell (1865–1915); the work will be on exhibit in St. John’s Chapel July 24 through September 18. An International Red Cross nurse, Cavell is known as a humanitarian who gave her life to the cause of her fellow human beings and who treated British, German, Belgian, and French soldiers alike during World War I. She is also known as a Christian martyr of the modern world who strove to model her own life and work after the example of Jesus Christ. Learn more »


Washington National Cathedral is called to serve as the spiritual home for the nation. The Cathedral is a national treasure and an architectural feat, a place of stunning beauty built to inspire. Inside, artwork and exhibits tell the American story of faith. Outside, you can explore gardens and grounds shared with three outstanding schools—or peer with gargoyles from the city’s highest point.

This is a place for spiritual enrichment above all, whether you come here for worship, a concert, a pilgrimage, or an insightful program. It is a place open to all.

It is open to you.