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!

What's New at the Cathedral?

The Road to Renewal in the Downtown Family of Parishes


The Cathedral will work collaboratively on four of the six pillars set forth by the Road to Renewal.
The stewardship and administration of the Cathedral, with Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher as its pastor
and Rev. Seán Paul Fleming as Cathedral Rector, will remain unchanged.

The Mass schedule at the Cathedral also will remain the same:

Weekend Masses:
SATURDAY at 4:30 pm
SUNDAY at 10:30 am (Cantor/Choir)

Weekday Masses:
12:10 pm

Saturday at 4 pm
Wednesday & Friday at 11:45 am
or by request.


Temporary Mass schedule for the other parishes in the Downtown Family:
(Effective July 1, 2023)

Weekend Masses:

4:00 pm at St. Louis
4:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Perpetual Help
5:30 pm at St. Michael

9 am at St. Louis & St. Anthony (Italian/English)
10 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
10:30 am at Blessed Sacrament
11 am at St. Louis & St. Anthony (Latin)
12 Noon at St. Michael

Weekday Masses:
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ONLY)

6:45 am at St. Michael
8 am at Blessed Sacrament
12:05 pm at St. Louis

We pray for the success of the Road to Renewal
and for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life.


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 or the main entrance on Franklin Street.

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.