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.

50 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 854-5855
Fax: (716) 854-5861
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th.D.
14th Bishop of Buffalo

Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec, D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Buffalo

Rev. Msgr. David S. Slubecky, JCL, STL
Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia
In Residence

Father Charles E. Slisz

Schedule of Masses

Saturdays: 4:30 p.m. Mass (excluding Holy Saturday)
Sundays: 8:00 a.m.: Mass, 10:30 a.m.: Mass (Choir)
Weekdays (M-F): 7:30 a.m.: Mass, 12:05 p.m.: Mass 

Confessions are heard after weekday Masses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
St. Joseph Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018: 

7:30 a.m. Mass and 12:05 p.m. Mass (with Bishop Richard Malone)

Upcoming Event: White Mass

  Healthcare professionals will be recognized at the White Mass on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.  Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the principal celebrant and will offer a special blessing for those working in the healthcare field.

            At this year's Mass, there also will be an anointing of the sick to recognize the gifts of persons with special needs, honor all persons with disabilities, those with health challenges, and their caregivers. 

            The White Mass, so named for the color of lab coats worn by many in the healthcare field, was traditionally celebrated on the feast of St. Luke, October 18. 

            All are welcome to attend the Mass and are invited to wear white to illustrate a connection to their baptismal promises and the bonds of community everyone shares through the sacrament of initiation. 

            The White Mass is sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association of Buffalo.     

Read the Cathedral Bulletin Online

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

St. Joseph Cathedral Documentary

Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo has produced a  30 minute documentary entitled "St. Joseph Cathedral."  The purpose of this program is to look at the history of the cathedral and the role it plays in the diocese.  St Joseph Cathedral was the result of the vision of Buffalo's first bishop, Bishop John Timon. It was his intention to build this cathedral "as a grateful monument in honor of our Savior."

Are you Interested In Becoming Catholic?

For information regarding Inquiry sessions contact the Diocesan Office of the Catechumenate at 716-847-8760.   

St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center

St. Joseph House of Prayer is now the home of the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, located at 76 Church St. (adjacent to the Cathedral). The center is a pastoral outreach of the Office of Pro-Life Activities of the Diocese of Buffalo. We follow St. Gianna Beretta Molla's example in respecting, protecting and cherishing all human life as a precious gift from God. We serve mothers, fathers and young families in need during pregnancy and throughout the early years of life. Material, emotional and spiritual support are provided in a welcoming, compassionate atmosphere. The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30pm, closed for lunch from noon-1:00pm. For support or more information, please contact us:

St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center
76 Church St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 842-BABY (2229)

Office of Pro-Life Activities

Visit our Office of Pro-Life Activities website.

Please Note: You may park in the lot at no charge. Please make sure to bring in the ticket for validation.