Our Lady

of the Sound


The Richard and Maude Ferry Foundation is committed to creating a sacred place that invites the Catholic community and the larger public in Western Washington to connect with God. Our Lady of the Sound will be a public site of gathering and prayer dedicated to Mary, incorporating regional culture and natural beauty.


For the past year, the Foundation, alongside a diverse group of Catholic leaders, has been in discernment about a large-scale project to develop a sacred site in the Archdiocese of Seattle. The project is still in the early stages of development, and, with the blessing of Archbishop Etienne, the foundation is now seeking an Executive Director to lead the project and bring it to fruition.

“Mary is not only the bridge joining us to God; she is more. She is the road that God traveled to reach us, and the road that we must travel in order to reach him.”

– Pope Francis

Project Description

Mary’s mantle embraces the entire Archdiocese of Seattle, from Vancouver to Bellingham, and throughout our history and future.  Our Lady of the Sound is a project that seeks to make this love visible as a symbol of unity for Catholics of Western Washington and as a bridge to God to all who hunger for meaning, healing, and peace. This future public site of prayer and gathering is an idea looking for a leader who will bring it to life.

Our Lady of the Sound is a proposal to create a sacred place that will attract, engage, and inspire the Catholic community of Western Washington.  This public site of gathering, pilgrimage, and prayer will feature a grand portrayal of Mary that incorporates our regional culture and natural beauty.  The core ambition of Our Lady of the Sound is to invite Catholics and the larger community into connection with God.

Our region has a rich legacy of devotion to Mary stretching back to Chief Seattle and his daughter, Princess Angeline, who was famous for walking the streets of Seattle with a rosary.  This project would celebrate the next chapter in Mary’s relationship with the Sound.

The Richard and Maude Ferry Foundation is committed to taking on the financial and managerial responsibilities of this project.  They will appoint a skilled project manager to gather a diverse team of Catholic leaders who will stimulate the wider community, contract a proficient artistic team, secure the site, devise a robust business plan, and raise the necessary funds.

We aspire for Our Lady of the Sound site to become a touchstone that fosters a deep, enduring connection between Catholics in Western Washington and the God who loves them.  Mary has shown, again and again, to be a bridge between communities and her Son.  We pray that she brings that same invitation to encounter into our Archdiocese.

“One of the great tragedies of our time [is] that the human family is forgetting God. Ultimately, this is what lies at the heart of today’s many social ills. I believe there are two great antidotes to this cultural tragedy: reception and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and devotion to our Blessed Mother.”

– Archbishop Etienne

Now Hiring

Executive Director

The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall management of the Our Lady of the Sound project. This includes:
The ideal candidate will have:

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter by October 15th to

Brent Morton
Senior Vice President
Catholic Recruiter Associates

We reserve the right to shorten the deadline for applications if we have sufficient interest. Please apply early to ensure you will be considered.