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.

Pandemic Protocols for Mass

– Dispensation from Mass has been lifted.
– Our capacity will be limited to approximately 33%.
– Entrances will be limited. Please enter through the center Franklin Street doors.
– If you are in need of an accessible entrance, please use the side door near the former police headquarters.

Daily Mass Schedule

Daily Mass will be celebrated in the cathedral at 12:10 PM. The 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday will still be available online on our Youtube Channel

Doors will open just prior to the Mass, around 11:45 AM. Please use the entrance near the former police headquarters. Reconciliation/Confessions will be by appointment only.

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

Rev. James C. O’Connor
In Residence

Cathedral Events

22 May

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate

  • 10:00 am
  • St. Joseph Cathedral
05 Jun

Ordination to the Priesthood

  • 10:00 am
  • St. Joseph Cathedral

Contact Us

Phone: (716) 854-5855

Fax: (716) 854-5861

Our office hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.