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As the Cathedral, the Mother Church and Teacher of the Diocese of Manchester, through love and servant leadership, we witness to the presence of Jesus Christ and the truth of His Gospel of peace and justice. Our parish family seeks to be a welcoming and spiritually enriching sign of the Kingdom of God in the world.

Like Christ, we are called to proclaim and establish the Kingdom of God:

  • By word through preaching and catechesis, drawing all generations of faith into "communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ" (General Directory for Catechesis, #80);
  • By worship that gives thanks and praise to God, seeking excellence in liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, and also in the other sacraments and in our general prayer life;
  • By being a community of compassion, forgiveness and healing, permeated with God’s saving presence;
  • By providing service to those in need, both within and beyond our community.

Located on the corner of Pine and Lowell Streets, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the principal Church of the Diocese of Manchester in New Hampshire. Saint Joseph was dedicated as a parish church on April 19, 1869. It became the Cathedral Parish when it was dedicated as such under Bishop Denis M. Bradley in 1884.

Originally founded to serve the spiritual needs of the many Irish immigrants working in the mill yards of the city, when looking around Saint Joseph today, you’ll notice the diversity in our congregation. A wonderful blend of Irish, French, Italian, German, Armenian, Lebanese, Indian, African, Vietnamese and Hispanic families now worship here.

On November 23, 2002, Saint George Parish was officially joined to the Cathedral--an event which greatly enhanced the life of the parish community. Each week, more members are being added to the Cathedral community from all nations, languages and cultures.

Looking toward the future, we are confident that we will experience continued growth. As the pastoral staff and pastoral council continue to collaborate, we have committed ourselves to spend time together in prayer, to assess the spoken and unspoken needs of the parish, to discern how we can best respond to those needs, and to become more conformed to the image of "Church" that the Lord calls us to be.

Saint Joseph Cathedral Church has the privilege of being the Bishop’s Church of the Diocese of Manchester. It is the site of the ordinations of deacons, priests and bishops, and major celebrations such as the Chrism Mass, celebrations of the Jubilees of religious ministering in the diocese, the Rite of Election and the Red Mass.

With a full complement of ministries, the Cathedral parish sets the standard for the liturgical life of the diocese. Saint Joseph Cathedral also sponsors an exceptional Saint Vincent de Paul Society to assist the poor in our community, and volunteers from the parish work at the New Horizons Soup Kitchen while parishioners bring foodstuffs to the church monthly on "Brown Bag Sunday."

Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish is alive and well thanks to the many graces the Lord continues to shower upon us and thanks to those parishioners, benefactors and friends of the Cathedral who continue to support our efforts to build up the Kingdom of God in the heart of the city of Manchester.

Wouldn’t you like to be a part of our parish mission? By God’s grace and your talents, just imagine what God has in store for you and for the Cathedral parish!



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