Small Groups

Making Our Big Community Smaller

Small groups connect you to other people on their faith journey with similar spiritual needs and interests. They help make our large cathedral feel a little smaller and unite our community across services.

Please note that many of these small groups are meeting online or in-person groups of 10 or fewer people. Contact the organizer for more information about how each group is staying connected.


Small groups can meet at the cathedral, at a coffee shop, in a bar or in someone’s home. Below are groups that are meeting now, with locations, schedules and group descriptions. Please contact the group coordinator by email if you would like to join a group, or contact The Reverend Katie Pearson at if you would like to start a small group.

Anam Cara

Anam Cara, “soul friend” in Gaelic, is a contemplative group for women of all ages and at all stages in their spiritual journey. Drawing from the ancient wisdom of Celtic Christianity, each meeting combines a reflection with a sacred sharing process. This format offers a wonderful opportunity to deepen your connection with the Divinity within yourself, within each other and within all of creation. All women are welcome.

Coordinator: Pat Petrash (
Where: St. John’s Cathedral
When: Every first Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm in the Nave and/or every second Monday of the month at 12:45 pm in the Library

Book Study: the Bible and Lectionary

This groups comes together each week to study the Gospel out of the Lectionary from the previous Sunday. It is a time of fellowship and mutual support for people on their spiritual journey. We meet after the 7:00 am Wednesday Eucharist that is held in Saint Martin’s Chapel. All are welcome, and please feel free to come when you are able.

Coordinator: Carol Prescott (
Where: St. John’s Cathedral, Library
When: Every Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:15 am.

Book Group: Imitation of Christ

This small group meets weekly to study books on topics relating to social justice, advocacy, theology, and welcome. We have an active and lively group that tackles tough and relevant topics from some of today’s most engaging authors.

Coordinator: Marilyn Stranske and Anna Wadsworth (
Where: St. John’s Cathedral, Wellspring Center
When: Every Wednesday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Book Group on Sunday Mornings

This group has met for many years and covers a wide range of books, including Death Comes for the Archbishop, Hidden Figures, and Between the World and Me.

Coordinator: Diane Neumann (
Where: Saint John’s Cathedral, Library
When: Every second Sunday of the month at 11:30 am

Centering Prayer

We invite you to join the Cathedral Centering Prayer group as we sit still together to know God and one another through this method of silent prayer in the Christian contemplative tradition.

Coordinator: Pat Petrash (
Where: Saint John’s Cathedral, Room 200
When: Every Sunday from 5:00 – 5:45 pm.

Be still and know that I am God…

– Psalm 46:10

Dementia Support Group

A monthly drop-in group that welcomes and offers support to those in the Saint John’s community whose lives have been, are, or may be impacted by dementia. Facilitated by Jennie Creasey, LCSW.

Coordinator: Jennie Creasey and Katie Pearson (
Where: St. John’s Cathedral, Library
When: Every first Wednesday of the month from 9:00–11:00 am

Knitting Group

Our group gathers to knit in community a couple times a month. Our current ongoing project is making prayer shawls for the clergy to give to a parishioner in a time of grief or celebration. Those who want to work on personal knitting projects are welcome to join us as well. All skill levels are welcome! We have several skilled people who enjoy teaching others.

Coordinator: Gaile Koehler (
Where: Saint John’s Cathedral, Wellspring Center
When: Every other Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Men's Group

Dean Richard presents a reflection on a saint of the Church; the evening also includes rich small group discussions that build community. All are welcome whenever you can make it, whether you’re new to the cathedral, or have been here many years.

Coordinator: Dean Richard Lawson (
Where: Saint John’s Cathedral, Library
When: Every first Wednesday of the month during Cathedral Night

Parenting Groups

The Director of Christian Formation, Tina Clark, hosts two parent group offerings through Saint John’s Cathedral.

Faithful Families meets once a month on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Parents of Very Young Children meets weekly on Tuesdays in the Library from 9:30 – 11:00 am.

More information on both groups is here.

Saint Martha's Guild

Emerged out of “Circle Groups” that were started in the 1950s, Saint Martha’s Guild is a group of women who come to lunch in Dagwell Hall once a month for fellowship and a presentation by a cleric on a topic of their choice.

Coordinator: Jane Joukema (
Where: Saint John’s Cathedral, Dagwell Hall
When: Every fourth Tuesday of the month at 12 noon

Stargazers: A Widows Group

A group for widows at Saint John’s Cathedral.

Coordinator: Alexis Hertel (

Women's Bible Study

After the 2016 Women’s Retreat, a group of women decided to start a book group. This group meets two Tuesdays a month at the cathedral for potluck, fellowship, bible study, and prayer.

Coordinator: Shirley Traettino (

Women's Retreat

Each year a group a women from the cathedral drive up to Cathedral Ridge for a weekend retreat. Attendees cross age groups and meet new friends from various pockets of the cathedral community.

Coordinator: Jeanine Draut (

20s & 30s Group

20s & 30s is a gathering of young people at Saint John’s Cathedral and beyond who meet for fellowship and formation a few times a month and is led by Canon Precentor Broderick Greer.

Coordinator: Canon Broderick Greer (
More information here.