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CONCERT: Music for a Grand Space  Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.

CONCERT: Music for a Grand Space Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.

By Carolyn Will in Events, News on 01/29/2019


The University Singers, Chamber Singers, U of M Men’s and Women’s Choruses perform music that celebrates the acoustic splendor of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, conductors.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary, seating is general admission and available on a first come, first seated basis.



By Quinn Cheney in Events, Media, News on 11/05/2018

Friday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the SPCO in the stunning Cathedral of Saint Paul, sponsored in part by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation.
This special performance of Bach’s 

Saint John Passion has very limited seats remaining, so order your tickets before they sell out!



Friday | Nov 2 | 8:00pm 

Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul


Bach: Saint John Passion

Jonathan Cohen, conductor

Nicholas Mulroy, tenor – Evangelist

Matthew Brook, bass – Jesus

William Berger, baritone – Pilate

Joélle Harvey, soprano

Tim Mead, countertenor

Nick Pritchard, tenor

The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists; prepared by Matthew Olson and Matthew Culloton

Artistic Partner and early music expert Jonathan Cohen leads the SPCO in one of Bach’s seminal works — his Saint John Passion. This oratorio was written for Good Friday in 1724, using the German translation of the Gospel of Saint John. Joined by a stellar cast of vocal soloists with chorales sung by The Singers, these performances in the Cathedral of Saint Paul and the acoustically exquisite Ordway Concert Hall are certain to be highlights of the 2018.19 season.



The SPCO extends its warmest thanks to these generous donors for making these performances and video capture of Bach’s Saint John Passion possible.

7th Cathedral Festival of Lights

7th Cathedral Festival of Lights

By Quinn Cheney in News on 11/05/2018

Thank you all for venturing out on a blustery evening to support the restoration and preservation of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Our photographer captured all the highlights:

  • Baroque organ music and tours
  • Ireland is in the House performance
  • Guided spotlight presentation by

Fr. Ubel

  • Reaching the tent before the heavy rain and raising our paddles for Cathedral restoration projects


You can see all the photos on the CHF Facebook page for easy sharing, or

see the full album on our site here.

Special thanks to the photographer, Katie Worple.


Mary E. Schaffner

CHF, Board Chair


Save the Date:  Festival of Lights on October 4, 2018

Save the Date: Festival of Lights on October 4, 2018

By admin in Events, News on 04/30/2018

Planning is under way for the 2018 Festival of Lights to be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018. This date was chosen for its proximity to the 100th anniversary of the death of Archbishop John Ireland and our 2018 Festival of Lights will celebrate the man who made the Cathedral possible. Some surprises are in store, so look for special announcements and more information in  he coming months.

The Festival of Lights serves as the major fundraiser for the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, the only entity charged with restoring, preserving and enhancing the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

This celebration will require many minds, hands, and hears as well as funding to bring it to fruition. If you are interested in helping, contact or call 651-300-6590.

Roots of Cathedral parish, city of St. Paul trace back 175 years

Roots of Cathedral parish, city of St. Paul trace back 175 years

By admin in Media, News on 09/15/2017

First Cathedral of Saint Paul

In 1841 as Father Lucien Galtier’s pioneer parishioners installed a 3-foot cross on the roof of the new log chapel they named “St. Paul,” the young French priest also planted a seed of faith, which during the next 175 years would grow into the largest of plants: the parish of the Cathedral of St. Paul.

The chapel, located on the Mississippi river bluff in what is now downtown St. Paul, fostered the Catholic faith and also served as a catalyst for the capital city of the same name to develop around it. The story of the faithful who populated the new chapel, diocese and city of St. Paul inspires present-day Catholics and residents of the city, which narrowly escaped being named Pig’s Eye.

“It was the beginning of the city of St. Paul,” said Mark Labine, president of the Arden Hills-based French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota and author of, “In the beginning, there was a Chapel.” “The city grew up around the chapel. …They built this little log chapel, and it became a cathedral and a school and a hospital, and the name of the city and the name of the capital of Minnesota.”

Full Story about the Cathedral History