St. Joseph Cathedral 

St. Joseph Cathedral


St. Joseph Cathedral was established by Buffalo’s first bishop, John Timon, in 1847 and dedicated in 1855. Today, it is the spiritual center for the Catholic community of the Diocese of Buffalo in Western New York. Because of its downtown location, St. Joseph is playing an important role in the current revival of our city.

In addition to hosting all sacraments of Holy Orders in our diocese, the Cathedral is home to over 25 special events each year, including the Red Mass, the annual Respect for Life Mass, and the Chrism Mass.  It is an indispensable treasure that symbolizes our glorious history and provides hope for future generations.

Parish Contact Update

We’re hoping that all parishioner families and friends of the Cathedral will update their contact information with us! In the near future, we’re going to be offering occasional parish updates via email and other means, so we need to be sure we have the right information. Please click here to update your family’s information today!

Celebrate Holy Week at the Cathedral!

The Chrism Mass

All are welcome to attend this glorious celebration during Holy Week in which sacred oils for catechumens and the sick are blessed and the sacred Chrism is consecrated. (Chrism is used in Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.) Our priests will also reaffirm and renew their priestly promises, along with Bishop Fisher.

Music will be led by the Cathedral Choir, the Saint John Paul II Schola Cantorum
and the St. Martin de Porres Gospel Choir.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 7 pm.

Palm Sunday (April 1-2)
Vigil Saturday at 4:30 pm

Sunday at 10:30 am
(beginning in Cathedral Park weather permitting.)

Holy Thursday (April 6)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 pm
Altar of Repose in the Lady Chapel until 12 Midnight

Good Friday (April 7)
Morning Prayer at 9 am
Solemn Service of the Lord’s Passion at 12 Noon
Stations of the Cross at 3 pm

Holy Saturday (April 8)
Morning Prayer at 9 am
Easter Vigil at 8:15 pm

Easter Sunday (April 9)
Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection at 10:30 am

All are welcome to these celebrations!
Each will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel.


Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday at 4:30 pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday at 10:30 AM (Cathedral Choir)

The 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday is available on our YouTube Channel.


Daily Mass Schedule

Daily Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 12:10 PM.

Doors will open just prior to the Mass, around 11:45 AM. Please use the entrance near the former police headquarters.

Welcome back! We’re glad you’re here!

The Centennial Organ 

The Hook and Hastings Organ in St. Joseph’s Cathedral has rendered service to the Church and community for over 124 years. It has become part of the foundation and fabric of the Cathedral, sounding forth daily since its installation in 1877. Historians recognize it as one of the finest surviving examples of late 19th century American organs.  Read more

The Cathedral Community is served by

Most Reverend Michael W. Fisher
Fifteenth Bishop of Buffalo

Rev. Seán Paul Fleming
Cathedral Rector

Deacon Steven R. Schumer
Permanent Deacon

Tim Socha
Director of Music

Contact Us

Phone: (716) 854-5855
Fax: (716) 854-5861

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Other times by appointment.