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

– Masks are required for all participants throughout the liturgy regardless of vaccination status.
– Our capacity is no longer limited, but we will distance.
– 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.  

Doors will open just prior to the Mass, around 11:45 AM. Please use the entrance near the former police headquarters. Office hours are temporarily by appointment only.

The 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday will still be available online on our Youtube Channel.

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

Tim Socha
Director of Music

Cathedral Events

19 Dec

A Festival of Christmas Lessons & Carols

  • 16:00 pm
  • Saint Joseph Cathedral

Under the direction of Organist/Choir Director Tim Socha; featuring the Saint Joseph Cathedral Choir and Royalton Handbell Ringers. A free-will offering will be gratefully accepted. Masks required for all participants throughout.

25 Dec

Christmas at the Cathedral

  • 00:00 am
  • Saint Joseph Cathedral

Christmas Eve - Friday, December 24th, Mass at 4:30 PM; Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25th, Mass at Midnight (Preludes 11:30 PM); Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25th, Mass at 10:30 AM

Contact Us

Phone: (716) 854-5855

Fax: (716) 854-5861

Our office hours are temporarily by appointment.