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May 4, 2012
Best Of Award
Best Building - 2012

Cathedral of St. Paul

You don't have to be Catholic, or even religious, to appreciate the Cathedral of St. Paul. The magnificent stone edifice, with its great copper-clad dome, overlooks the city of St. Paul from its perch on Summit Hill with an angelic grace, a testament to, at the very least, human engineering and perseverance. Modeled after the great cathedrals of Europe, it was begun in 1907 but wasn't completed for another 50 years. The true grandeur of the church, however, lies inside its doors. Stepping into the great echoing vault of the main sanctuary, bathed in an ethereal natural light from the vast dome (which rises spectacularly 300 feet overhead), and by the warmth of its remarkable stained glass windows, can be a breathtaking experience. Within this ornate, sacred space, one can sense an unmistakable spiritual presence. Maybe it's God, or maybe just our human yearning for transcendence, but it's a presence worth getting in touch with now and again.

Curators for the Cathedral Heritage Foundation host the American Association of Museums

The AAM gathered in the Twin Cities for their annual meeting in early May. Curators at the Cathedral of Saint Paul gave tours and sponsored a special workshop on “Historical Preservation with Larry Sommers.” This annual meeting is the largest cultural gathering of its kind attracting approximately 5,000 museum professionals from every state and approximately 44 countries. The local host committee used this opportunity to showcase the preeminence, diversity and abundance of Twin Cities’ area cultural organizations.



Float away on sublime orchestral music
during our spring evening

Cathedral Chamber Orchestra
Cathedral of Saint Paul, 239 Selby Ave., Saint Paul
Sunday, April 22, 2012 7 p.m.

Join the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra in its inaugural concert with Michal and Elizabeth Sobieski and Dr. James Callahan. They will present works by Scarlatti, Corelli, Mozart, Sibelius and Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 2. The concert will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, at the corner of Summit Avenue and John Ireland Boulevard.

This concert is a Cathedral Heritage Foundation benefit with a beautiful candle-lit reception following. Enjoy spring and invite your friends and neighbors to attend this evening of amazing orchestral music. Suggested donation: $15

Free parking is available in the Selby parking lot in addition to ample street parking. The venue is also handicapped accessible.

Questions: Call the Welcome Center in the Cathedral at 651-228-1766.


Spring Heritage Series Concerts

To benefit the Cathedral Heritage Foundation

Strings, Pipes, and a Glorious Tenor II Sunday, March 11 2:30 p.m.
Cantor Nicholas Chalmers joins members of the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and organist Lawrence Lawyer in an afternoon of sublime music featuring the 2007 Bennett & Giuttari portative organ.

Lamentations of Jeremiah Sunday, March 18 2:30 p.m.
The Cathedral Schola Cantorum sings one of the most heart-rending choral music works ever written. The Cathedral Choir and Saint Cecilia Choristers will also perform.

Music in a Grand Space Sunday, March 25 2:30 p.m.
The Choirs of the University of Minnesota present “Music in a Grand Space” featuring choral music especially suited for one of the largest cathedrals in the United States.

Cathedral Chamber Orchestra Sunday, April 22 7:00 p.m.
The inaugural concert of the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra features music of Scarlatti, Corelli, and Handel’s Organ Concerto No. 10, Op. 7, No. 4.

A suggested donation of $15 for each concert will support the Cathedral Heritage Foundation: Inspiring commitment to the Cathedral as a world-class treasure.

Why wait for the reviews? Following the concerts, please join us in the vestibule for conversation and a wine & cheese reception. RSVP by calling 651-357-1325 or

Click here to view the PDF invite.

Thank you to all our volunteers who once again made Cathedral Community & Family Day a great success!

Watch the highlights reel from this year's event.

Thank you Cadiz Studios for this production.


Fifth Annual Cathedral Community & Family Day 

Celebrates art, history & music

The Fifth Annual Cathedral Community & Family Day will host activities throughout this expansive landmark on the hill. The festive free community open house will be Sunday, March 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Cathedral of Saint Paul is located at 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, at the corners of Summit Avenue and John Ireland Boulevard. 

Family Day poster


A huge thank you to all the donors who gave so generously on Give to the Max Day and helped the Cathedral Heritage Foundation raise $7,700 dollars on Nov. 16th. The donations will go to support the CHF’s mission to support music, arts & culture as well as the preservation and restoration of this historic landmark.










On the evening of September 23, the Rose Window over the front doors was lit for the first time. The  “Festival of Lights” was the CHF’s inaugural fundraising event to help restore and preserve this world-class treasure in our community.  Read more about the project by clicking here.










Cathedral Treasures Moved to U of M for Safe Keeping

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation received a Cultural Arts & Heritage Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society. It will be used to make the archives more accessible to the public.  The original sketches of the Cathedral’s design by architect Emmanuel Masqueray were picked up earlier this spring from the Cathedral Archives and taken to the University of Minnesota archives for safe, climate-controlled storage. The public can view the originals at the U and digital copies of the sketches may be viewed at the Cathedral.

Fourth Annual Cathedral Family Day highlights art and music

Fourth  Annual Cathedral Family Day on Sunday, March 6, 2011

Costumed tour guides | Pipe Organ demonstrations | MN Children’s Museum Art Projects | Science Experiments

Thank you to all our volunteers and community partners in helping make our 4th Annual Family & Community Day a success:

  • Minnesota Children’s Museum in helping 350 children create framed art pieces
  • Minnesota Science Museum for bringing their exhibit on mummification and ancient rituals of burying the dead
  • St. Joseph’s School of Music students and faculty for their performances on violin, guitar and piano
  • University of St. Thomas retired professor James Callahan for conducting live organ demonstrations
  • College of Visual Arts students for exhibiting their line perspective drawings of the Cathedral’s interior
  • Northern Star Boy Scouts for serving as ushers and greeters
  • And to the many tour guides who delighted visitors with stories about the Cathedral and its history.

"For believers, the Cathedral of St. Paul is a direct link to the origins of Christianity and a reminder of what people of faith can accomplish. For the historical-minded, the Cathedral is a link to the city's pioneer past and to the expansive vision of those first settlers."

Saint Paul Pioneer Press editorial, June 18, 2009