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February 2020 Newsletter

Visitors come from great distances!

We met this family who made a visit to the Cathedral on their way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. “Grandma” was returning to South Korea. The young couple and their daughter live in Ames, Iowa while they earn graduate degrees in engineering at Iowa State University. They took a great interest in the Hmong display, part of the new Immigrants and the Cathedral museum exhibit. Thank you for visiting!

Museum Visits Increase

A recent audit of museum visitor traffic reports that we have, on average, 25 visitors per day, and 3,000 visitors per year. These numbers will be more impressive when you understand that we have very limited open hours in the museum due to a shortage of volunteers. Currently, the Cathedral museum is open 9.5 hours per week, only one of those hours falls on the weekend when many tourists are visiting.

Are you interested in volunteering as a docent in the Cathedral museum?

Contact: Lori Nicosia,
Tour coordinator/Gift shop manager [email protected]
P h. 651-357-1327

Our Tote Bags are hot sellers!

Reusable. Eye-catching design and colors. All proceeds support the Cathedral’s restoration needs. Purchase today for $10.

This bag features the colorful design work by @inSehnDesigns. Buy one for yourself plus one for a friend in our Cathedral Gift Kiosk.


Lower level Visitor Center:
First and Third Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

Museum Hours

Wednesday: 12 p m — 3 p m
Thursday: 12 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
First and third of the month

Sacristy Renovation Update

Thanks to our patrons at the 2019 Festival of Lights’ Gala, we raised

$84,300 for the first phase of the Sacristy project which will address the eroding floor. The project will begin in the summer after the busy confirmation and graduation season.

Mark you calendars:

Cathedral Music Series Spring Offering

Thursday May 7, 2020 7:30 p.m.
W. A. Mozart

Featuring the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with the St. Olaf Choir

More information/Tickets

John Ireland is in the House

Our newest artistic acquisition, a bronze bust of Archbishop John Ireland, has been installed in the Founder’s Chapel, located in the northeast corner on the main level of the Cathedral.

CHF Curator Dr. John Dowdle commissioned Dr. Mark Dahl, an orthopedic surgeon and acclaimed sculptor, to create the piece in 2015 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s death.

Click here to learn more about our Mission to preserve the Cathedral as a world-class treasure. And please share this newsletter with others who may be interested in supporting our foundation. To add an email to our list, contact [email protected].

Thank you for your support!