Using the Auditorium

for Meetings

The auditorium is located on the main floor of the building and is accessible to people with disabilities only through an indirect way, as the primary access to this room is up a flight of stairs from the 16th Street side door.

During the day on weekdays, events in the auditorium must be quiet enough to not interfere with the work going on in adjacent offices — no drums or amplified music, for instance. Weekday evening events can be a bit louder, but again can’t interfere with those who might be working late.

St. Stephen’s is pleased to provide the use of its rooms at low cost for events that provide a benefit to our neighborhood, our city, and our world. For such events, we require reimbursement for any costs we incur for cleaning and security (and we have the final word about whether cleaning or security are required for any event). In addition, we request a donation for the use of space, based upon a sliding scale, at a minimum of $45 per hour.

St. Stephen’s also rents rooms for private parties such as wedding ceremonies and receptions, birthdays, and quinceñeras. The cost for this type of event is $95 per hour plus security and cleaning. Please contact the church office directly to make arrangements for a private party.

Things to know about the auditorium:

  • capacity is 100 people standing; 100 sitting in chairs in rows; 85 sitting at tables

  • normally has about 100 chairs; approximately 50 more chairs can be brought in from the church (and must be returned to the church at the end of the event)

  • no sound system

  • normally has 6 round tables and 6 rectangular tables

  • has a stage, but access is only from the front of the stage — no access from the sides

  • offices are located adjacent to the auditorium and on the floor above off a balcony open to the auditorium; at times people need to get into those offices

  • The auditorium is not available on Sundays or major Feast days.

Please call our parish at 202-232-0900 to speak to our staff about reserving a space. Our regular business hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am to 4pm.

​Clicking on the button above will take you to the system we use to receive online donations and payments. To make a payment for an event or sleeping space, under "Fund," click to display the drop-down menu, and choose "Space rental."