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8th Cathedral Festival of Lights Gala Invites the community to support ‘Minnesota’s most iconic building’

By Haylie Petre in Media on 09/12/2019

The 8th Cathedral Festival of Lights gala, sponsored by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, invites the community for a special evening of tours, music, a spotlight presentation, fine dining catered by the Saint Paul Hotel, and a live auction, Thursday, October 3, from 6 – 9:00 p.m. at the Cathedral, 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. The event will be hosted by KSTP TV Anchor/Reporter Tom Hauser. Proceeds from the event will help restore the historic Cathedral monument. CHF has created two ticket levels:  $75 for reception only and $175 for reception plus dinner, and sponsorship levels are also available. Register here or learn more at

“This is a special night when we invite guests into the Cathedral after it has normally closed for a one-of-a-kind event,” said Mary E. Schaffner, Cathedral Heritage Foundation Board Chair.  “It’s an opportunity to connect with this historic landmark church. Once you hear the stories of the people who designed and built this beloved church and landmark, we know you will want to support our on-going restoration and preservation work.”

This year, the fundraising will focus on starting restoration of the sacristy, the domed space beneath the famous “Angel in Prayer,” statue at the back of the Cathedral. The sacristy is a key gateway both to revered sacred and public space in the Cathedral—the high altar and the Shrine of Nations, with its newly restored windows—and also the repository for historic liturgical vessels, vestments, books, and processional crosses and croziers, each of which is a treasured item regularly used in the Cathedral’s parish’s religious life and in its public celebrations.


Here’s a list of CHF’s key accomplishments since its founding 12 years ago:

LaFarge and Connick stained glass windows restored 2018-2019           $144,000

Eighteen stained glass windows created by two of the finest American craftsmen of the past century underwent a complete restoration.

Light the Cathedral 2016-18            $144,502

Upgraded the light fixtures to support LED energy-efficient bulbs and improved overall brightness on the main church level.

Historic 244 Dayton Purchase 2016            $800,000

Purchased the original 1920’s chancery building at 244 Dayton, plus adjacent property to preserve the historic Cathedral campus.

Rose Windows 2015              $196,655

Restored the north and south Rose windows with lead alloy frames made to withstand extremes in fluctuating temperatures.

Let it Shine! 2014                  $118,600

Repaired, honed and polished the 100-year-old marble floors on the main level. It encompassed 13,500 square feet and 35 varieties of marble.

SOUND OFF! 2010-2013      $3.4 million

Restored and enhanced the Cathedral’s two historic pipe organs. Added 1,000 pipes, casework, two new consoles, choir seating, plus improved heating and lighting in the gallery.

Visit the Cathedral of Saint Paul, open Sunday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy the quiet solitude, listen to organ rehearsal, take a self-guided tour. Guided tours are led Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. for a $2 suggested donation per person. More information on tours.

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is a non-profit, non-sectarian, historic preservation, cultural and arts organization established to preserve, restore, and enhance the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The CHF is governed by a Board of Curators (Directors) responsible for the organization’s oversight. Our Board of Curators is comprised of individuals from the Twin Cities community with diverse business, professional, and community volunteer backgrounds. Collectively, we are committed to preserving, restoring, and enhancing the Cathedral of Saint Paul as a civic and architectural landmark, and promoting its use as a venue for cultural, educational, and artistic events for the entire community. See board list.

Palestrina Choir of Dublin  7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Palestrina Choir of Dublin 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019

By Carolyn Will in Events, Media, News on 02/27/2019

The Palestrina Choir from St.Mary’s pro-Cathedral if Dublin had its origins in a boys’ choir formed in the 1890s at St. Mary’s Place Christian Brothers School. General Admission. Freewill offering.



By Haylie Petre 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.

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.”

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Voices of Light Trailer

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

“Voices of Light” is a stunning evening of music and film, merging Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful orchestral/choral score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn. Join conductor Matthew Mehaffey and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota for the Twin Cities premiere.

A St. Paul ediface for the ages

A St. Paul ediface for the ages

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

Cathedral of St. Paul | Cross overlooking city

Whatever our beliefs, the Cathedral of St. Paul is in some way or another ours.

Graceful and imposing, the structure has been an orienting presence on the landscape, drawing locals and tourists of all faiths to its doors, for a century.

A yearlong centennial celebration included Sunday’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated under the dome of the beloved “cathedral on the hill” — one of the so-called seven hills of the Saintly City.

On the hill — also known as St. Anthony Hill — “there’s no better site to put a monumental structure,” Twin Cities architecture expert Larry Millett said in a recent edition of the Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “The cathedral is much more visible in St. Paul than the Capitol.”

It was “designed as a monumental, muscular display of faith,” said Millett, also a former Pioneer Press reporter.

And so it remains.

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At 100, St. Paul Cathedral is full of community

By admin in Events, Media on 09/14/2017

A century ago, the dreams of an archbishop and his generous flock were realized in the first mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

For Palm Sunday, the polished floors of the Cathedral of St. Paul shine in mirror-like brilliance, reflecting a blaze of multicolored light streaming through the massive stained-glass rose windows.

Voices rising from the choir loft are accompanied by the triumphant blast of pipe organs as 1,000 or more worshipers gather under the copper-clad dome to celebrate mass.

It’s here, high atop a hill overlooking downtown St. Paul, where Catholics have come for the past century to worship and wed and pay tribute to those who have passed on.

And it’s here, over the next year, where they will return again and again to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a spiritual shrine through concerts and food drives and even a softball tournament.

At the heart of all the hoopla and history, however, the cathedral stands as an active community of faith.

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