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July 5, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

Come Holy Spirit:  Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you. Amen. On March 6, 2005, I entered this Cathedral for the first time as your bishop.  Those of you who were here may remember that […]

June 23, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

Over the last twelve years, the rhythm of my life and ministry has been the Sunday visitation. Each week begins early on Sunday morning—sometimes even the previous night, or before the sun comes up, depending on the distance to be traveled. What a rich and varied experience it has been to worship with you from […]

June 16, 2017 | by Hannah Wilder

Terri Mathes has supported Bishop Mathes’ episcopacy through two moves—and remodels—thirteen conventions, hundreds of Sunday visitations, late night meetings, and countless trips around the church. All the while, she has pursued her own career in fundraising for congregations, dioceses and secular organizations. At St. Paul’s Cathedral she helped lead Vida Joven, a foster home in […]

May 4, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

April 30, 2017 St. George’s Day Evensong St. Paul’s Cathedral Matthew 10: 16-22 Come Holy Spirit:  Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you.  AMEN. This is always quite a day.  A bit of a parade, […]

April 7, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

Beloved in Christ, The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of our faith. While we hold as dear the teaching of Jesus and are awed by the power of his miracles, these things only have their divine power in light of the cross and the resurrection. We are defined by the proclamation, […]

February 14, 2017 | by Hannah Wilder

SAN DIEGO – The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, announced today that he plans to resign his post to answer a call to serve as associate dean of students at Virginia Theological Seminary. He will be responsible for community formation, admissions and he will serve as the […]

January 30, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

The last nine days have been a disquieting and dizzying display of presidential action in Mr. Trump’s first days in office. It is difficult for us to find focus as he occupies the media space railing about the size of the inauguration crowd and making unsubstantiated claims regarding voter fraud. From a public policy perspective, […]

January 3, 2017 | by Jim Mathes

“In just a few days, we will celebrate the feast of the epiphany and then be launched into that season of epiphany where increasingly Jesus is, more and more, revealed to us as the messiah. Through his teaching, through the miracles that he performs as he calls his first disciples, we see who he is, […]

December 30, 2016 | by Jim Mathes

Christmas Eve, 2016 St. Paul’s Cathedral San Diego, California Isaiah 9: 2-7 Luke 2: 1-14 Come Holy Spirit:  Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you.  AMEN. I. I had another sermon written for tonight.  I […]

November 7, 2016 | by Jim Mathes

While mindful that many of you have already voted, I am also aware that tomorrow is a momentous day in the life of our nation. This has been a remarkably divisive political campaign in a time where our nation’s divisions have been growing more acute. As a community of Christians we hold differing political perspectives […]