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 Edward B. Scharfenberger, D.D.
Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec, D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Buffalo
Rev. Peter J. Karalus, VG
Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia
Father Charles E. Slisz, Rector
Donald R. Watkins, Jr., Parochial Vicar
Schedule of Masses
Saturdays: 4:30 p.m. Mass (excluding Holy Saturday)
Sundays: 8:00 a.m.: Mass, 10:30 a.m.: Mass (Choir)
Monday - Friday: 7:15 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.: Mass
Confessions are heard after all weekday Masses, and on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. St. Joseph Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
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."
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: