About Us - History, Mission and Team
Cathedral Gardens - Independent Living for Seniors
statue of St Matthew in garden

Our History

Cathedral Gardens Apartments is a project of Ministry with the Aging, Inc., an independent non-profit organization, and is operated as a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

Having a vision for a church-related housing facility for older adults, Bishop A. Donald Davies led arrangements for the purchase by the E.D. Farmer Foundation from St. Matthew’s Cathedral of 95,829 square feet on the Cathedral property for the development of an apartment community for older adults.  The site for the apartment community ran parallel between the existing Cathedral property and Garrett Park from Garrett Avenue to Henderson.  A committee of Dean C. Preston Wiles and vestrymen from St. Matthew’s, Robert Troy, the architect, and Bishop Davies representing the E.D. Farmer Foundation, established an architectural design that would harmonize with the present Cathedral building complex. 

As part of the annual convention proceedings, on Thursday evening, September 28, 1978, Bishop Davies officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for Cathedral Gardens.   Construction began shortly thereafter and the building was completed for occupancy in 1980. 

The E. D. Farmer Foundation was established in 1948 on behalf of Earl Disney Farmer of Fort Worth to provide assistance to older adults of Texas.    The Foundation was established with the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas as the trustee and the Diocese offices served as the Dallas facility for the Foundation. The earnings of this Fund have pioneered major ministries to the senior members of the Diocese, including founding the Senior Citizens of Great Dallas, later to become The Senior Source.

Our Mission

To provide low income housing in a caring environment for the elderly (62+) or disabled to allow them to remain independent as long as possible. We are dedicated to building a strong, caring community in which each person is valued and has an opportunity to contribute their time and talents to enrich the life of the community.

Our Service Team

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