ECCE TABERNACULUM DEI CUM HOMINIBUS
(Behold the dwelling place of God with men.)
Inscription on the front steps of the Cathedral.
Important features of the Cathedral and its construction:
Height (street to top of dome): 198 feet
Length: 264 feet
Width: 120 feet
Height (floor to nave vault): 74 feet
Height (floor to eye of dome): 152 feet
September 17, 1924 - Ground broken
May 30, 1926 - Cornerstone laid
1929 - Construction halted
September 7, 1931 - Unfinished Cathedral opened for public worship
Over next 28 years, Bishop Guilfoyle accumulates funds for completion
November 13, 1960 - Cathedral formally opened by Bishop McCormick
Saint John Neumann (1811-1860)
Angel of the Immigrants
Born in Bohemia, Saint John came to the United States 1836 and was ordained in New York. He dedicated himself to working among the immigrants, especially the Germans. In 1842, he became a Redemptorist (the first to take his vows in the United States). In 1852, he became the fourth bishop of Philadelphia and was known for his work in education.
In 1977, he became the first American male saint.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)
Angel of the Schools
Elizabeth was born in New York City and would marry William Seton in 1794. Unfortunately, her husband died in Pisa, Italy in 1803, leaving Elizabeth with five children. Returning to the United States, she became a Catholic and opened a school in Baltimore. In 1809, she formed the Sisters of Saint Joseph and founded a school for poor children. In 1813, she founded the Sisters of Charity, the first American religious society.
In 1975, she was canonized and became the first American-born saint.
|Main Cathedral Doors|
|Portico of the Cathedral|
Main Doors to the Cathedral
The main doors to the Cathedral are etched glass. The two center doors represent Jesus at the Last Supper; in one holding the bread and in the other the cup which will become His Body & Blood. The doors on either side represent traditional symbols for the four Evangelists: Matthew, the Human Being; Luke, the Ox; Mark, the Lion; and John, the Eagle.
5:30 PM (Vigil)
Wednesday: 7:00 PM
Saturday: 12:30 PM
Communal Penance Services: Advent and Lent
Evening Prayer within Eucharistic Exposition: Sunday 6:30 PM: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter Seasons
Novena of the Miraculous Medal: Monday 7:45 AM
Rosary: Wednesday 6:00 PM
Stations of the Cross: Friday during Lent 7:00 PM
Eucharistic Day: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ