(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

  • 25th Anniversary of erection of diocese

1929 - Construction halted

  • Stock market crash

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

Exterior Statues
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.



Mass Schedule

Weekend Mass
5:00 PM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 Noon
5:00 PM
Daily Mass
6:45 AM
8:00 AM
12:00 Noon
8:00 AM
12:00 Noon

Holy Day
5:30 PM (Vigil)
8:00 AM
12:00 Noon
5:30 PM


Wednesday: 7:00 PM
Saturday: 12:30 PM

Communal Penance Services: Advent and Lent

Step-by-Step Guide to Confession


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