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Cathedral Docents Seek Additional Members


Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you enjoy encounters with visitors from around the world? Would the opportunity to share with others the rich history, the unique architecture and the art treasures of Saint Joseph Cathedral appeal to you? If so, the docents invite you to consider joining their organization by attending an orientation meeting on April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Cathedral Parish offices.

The Docent Association of the Cathedral Foundation is seeking additional volunteer docents from across the diocese to guide tours of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, providing an enriching experience for downtown visitors. Newly trained docents would be assigned at the Cathedral with veteran docents, one or two days a month, to conduct tours for drop-in visitors. Docent hours for visitors are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1-3 p.m. Docents are also available to make presentations to prescheduled tour groups of grade school children, parish organizations and a variety of civic groups. Typically, docents spend about 4 hours a month in the cathedral.

In their role, the docents assist the diocese in its goal to preserve the history of this central place of worship and introduce the community to the beauty of our Cathedral. The docents gather quarterly for a general meeting and potluck lunch. They share with other docents the experiences they’ve had with a wide variety of visitors and gain more information on the church and diocese. At the December meetings, they are joined by Bishop McGrath for a catered luncheon.

In addition to learning the rich history of the Cathedral and its art and architecture, new members will be given guidance on conducting tours. The 1 p.m. orientation meeting on April 3, will be held in the parish office meeting room on the 2nd floor of the Cathedral Parish Building, 80 South Market Street, San Jose. A series of four required training sessions will be conducted on Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. beginning April 10 and continuing on April 17, May 8 and May 15.

For further information or to sign up for the orientation, please call Nina Tranchina at (408) 283-8100, ext. 2210 by March 27.