The Cathedral Center of St. Paul, to be renamed St. Paul’s Commons during 25th anniversary festivities on Oct. 22, as viewed from the other side of Echo Park Lake. Photo: Janet Kawamoto

All in the diocesan community are invited to attend an Oct. 22 celebration set to launch the newly configured St. Paul’s Commons and to mark milestones of Episcopal Church ministry in Echo Park.

A festive 10:30 a.m. Eucharist followed by an open house and a rooftop luncheon will commemorate a century of Episcopal Church ministry at 840 Echo Park Avenue, the 25th anniversary of the consecration of present buildings as a center of service and hospitality, and the blessing of the center’s next chapter as St. Paul’s Commons.

Bishops John Harvey Taylor and Diane Jardine Bruce invite all clergy and laity in the diocese to share in the celebration and to tour the Retreat and Conference Center, Diocesan Center, and Ministry Center within the Commons complex.

The reconfiguration also seeks to raise the neighborhood and regional profile of St. Athanasius Episcopal Church, located at the heart of St. Paul’s Commons. established in 1864, the parish is the oldest continuing Protestant congregation in Southern California.

The celebration will be a time of thanksgiving for 25 years of ministry of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, which was consecrated and opened on October 22, 1994 as home to the diocesan offices and parish and community ministries.

Those planning to attend are asked reply by Oct.7 via email to While the celebration is open to all and free of charge to attendees, free-will contributions are welcome to assist the ministries of St. Paul’s Commons.

Phone inquiries may be directed to the diocesan communications office at 213.482.2040, ext. 240.