Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, Photo by Mike Penney
Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Downtown Seattle is a beacon of light where all are welcome to grow in Faith, Hope and Love through vibrant celebrations of liturgy; programs of faith formation, evangelization & compassionate outreach; and responsible stewardship. We are a diverse people of God whose faith inspires hope that shows itself in love.
Christ Our Hope Church is located in the Catholic Housing Services' 14-story Josephinum at Second and Stewart, once the New Washington Hotel but now home to 240 formerly homeless and low-income residents. Mr. Stephen Lee, architect of the 1994 renovation of St. James Cathedral, was chosen to design the worship space. Respecting and blending the styles of the then-existing St. Joseph Chapel and of the former dining room of the hotel, Lee created a light-filled, contemporary environment for Catholic liturgy.
The beautifully renovated worship space officially became Christ Our Hope Catholic Church at the blessing and dedication by Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett on August 28, 2010.
Fr. Paul hails from Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. He was ordained a Catholic Priest on Dec. 21, 1967 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and born some time before that. His greatest joy as a priest is celebrating Eucharist and the sacraments with parishioners though he is always inspired by scripture. One of his favorite passages is Ephesians 1:16 “I have never stopped thanking God for you and recommending you in my prayers.” The greatest challenge he faces is simply having the time to do everything he considers himself responsible for! Despite the faith, hope and love he pours into the community at Christ Our Hope, Fr. Paul finds the time to enjoy eating good food and drinking good wine; visiting family, friends and parishioners; and walking around downtown Seattle, the city he loves.