Our historic and vibrant parish in the heart of DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood invites you to learn more about our community and come worship with us!


St. Mary’s Church is a multicultural, multigenerational parish of the Episcopal Church, located just steps from the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop. We are the first African American Episcopal community in the City of Washington, founded in 1867. Our community includes families that have been with St. Mary’s for generations, recent immigrants from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and around the world, students, and recent transplants to the DC area.


St. Mary’s is located at 728 23rd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Directions to St. Mary’s

By Metro: St. Mary’s is located close to the Foggy Bottom/GWU metro station on the Orange and Blue lines. From the escalators, walk south on 23rd street. The church is one block on the right.

By Car: Parking is available in the church lot via St. Mary’s Way. Access to St. Mary’s Way is from 23rd Street.


Parish Choristers are an integral part of what makes worship at St. Mary’s so engaging. Julius Tilghman, our Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary’s for several decades, directs a spirit-filled diverse range of hymns, spirituals and classics which enhances weekly worship and various feast days and special liturgies throughout the year.

The Iconic pipe organ is over 110 years old and is still used today. With hundreds of pipes, the organ is able to imitate sounds such as flutes, trumpets and oboes and many more.


The parish features multiple stain glass windows one by Lorin of Chartres, France, and one window designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, founder of Tiffany Studios, New York.


HOMECOMING is Sunday, October 8, 2023