Researching St. Matthew’s Cathedral has been an eye-opening experience for me. As a member of the “context” group, it has been our job to research what has been occurring around St. Matthew’s and the broader scope of Dallas throughout the church’s history.
Initially, I had not given much thought to the history of Dallas at all. I assumed that it was a city that had been a certain way for many years and would continue to remain that way. The research we completed proved my initial assumptions to be completely wrong and showed that the history of St. Matthew’s is a reflection of the broader region in which it is located.
For example, I was very surprised when our research revealed that the portion of Ross Avenue where St. Matthew’s is located was once considered to be the Beverly Hills of Dallas, which explains the small number of white parishoners that belong to St. Matthew’s. As a result, I have a better understanding of Dallas and St. Matthew’s itself.