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.

50 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 854-5855
Fax: (716) 854-5861



The Cathedral Community is served by

Most Reverend Michael W. Fisher
Fifteenth Bishop of Buffalo

Rev. Seán Paul Fleming
Cathedral Rector

Rev. James C. O'Connor
In Residence

- Please keep in mind that everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask.
- Our capacity will be limited to approximately 33%.
- 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 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.

Welcome back! We're glad you're here!

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Join us on our YouTube channel for Mass!
Sundays at 10:30 AM
The cathedral will now stream 10:30 AM Mass every week via YouTube. We will feature our historic Hook & Hastings organ. Just visit our YouTube Channel and click on the video that says "Live." To be notified when we're celebrating Mass or having other live events, be sure to subscribe!


*** COVID-19 Updates ***

Thanks to the recent decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States, houses of worship are no longer limited to the number they can welcome. Instead, we simply as that you maintain six feet of physical distance and continue to follow CDC and diocesan guidelines. This means that we will be able to safely welcome about 33% of our building capacity. Please be safe, and wear your mask!

Reservations are no longer required for regular weekend Masses, but tickets will be required for special celebrations, especially those that will be led by the Bishop.

Tickets/Reservations will be required for the following celebrations:
March 19, 2021 - Mass for the Culmination of the Consecration to Saint Joseph
March 30, 2021 - Chrism Mass
April 1, 2021 - Mass of the Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday)
April 2, 2021 - Solemn Service of the Lord's Passion (Good Friday)
April 3, 2021 - Easter Vigil
April 4, 2021 - Easter Sunday

Call (716) 854-5855 for tickets or more information.

Featuring our Cathedral Schola (quartet) at each Mass, with musical preludes 15 minutes prior to each liturgy.

For last minute changes due to COVID-19, please call us or check or Midnight and 10:30 am will be live-streamed at All are welcome!


- The 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday will still be available via
- Daily Mass will continue to be celebrated at 12:10 PM Monday through Friday. 
- Reconciliation/Confessions will be by appointment only for the time being.

St. Joseph Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.




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

St. Joseph Cathedral Documentary

Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo has produced a  30 minute documentary entitled "St. Joseph Cathedral."  The purpose of this program is to look at the history of the cathedral and the role it plays in the diocese.  St Joseph Cathedral was the result of the vision of Buffalo's first bishop, Bishop John Timon. It was his intention to build this cathedral "as a grateful monument in honor of our Savior."

Are you Interested In Becoming Catholic?

For information regarding Inquiry sessions contact the Diocesan Office of the Catechumenate at 716-847-8760.   

St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center

St. Joseph House of Prayer is now the home of the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, located at 76 Church St. (adjacent to the Cathedral). The center is a pastoral outreach of the Office of Pro-Life Activities of the Diocese of Buffalo. We follow St. Gianna Beretta Molla's example in respecting, protecting and cherishing all human life as a precious gift from God. We serve mothers, fathers and young families in need during pregnancy and throughout the early years of life. Material, emotional and spiritual support are provided in a welcoming, compassionate atmosphere. The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30pm, closed for lunch from noon-1:00pm. For support or more information, please contact us:

St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center
76 Church St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 842-BABY (2229)

Office of Pro-Life Activities

Visit our Office of Pro-Life Activities website.

Please Note: You may park in the lot at no charge. If your car is ticketed during a Mass, please bring it to the Cathedral Office.