Cardinal’s Welcome His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan Restore St. Patrick's Cathedral Mission News History & Heritage
Three workers were cutting stone. When asked what they were doing, the first answered, “I am cutting stone.”
The second said, “I am making a wall.”
The third replied, “I am building a cathedral.”
A Gift from One Generation to the Next
For more than 130 years, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has graced the City of New York, signaling welcome to all who seek tranquility and renewal in this turbulent and fast-paced world.
To many, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a spiritual haven. Parishioners, community members and travelers from around the globe find their way to this sacred home, which may truly be called the center of Catholic life in the United States. To countless others, St. Patrick’s is an iconic New York City and national landmark. The cathedral stands apart as a vital thread in the community and the urban space.
Today, the Cathedral is an anchor of tourism in New York, a destination for more than five and a half million visitors each year.
Preserving a New York Landmark
Due to a need for essential structural and safety repairs, the lower façade of the Cathedral has been covered with scaffolding.
The plan for the full restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral includes work on the exterior and interior of the Cathedral, as well as its stained glass windows. This work is not cosmetic, but a necessary repair that will ensure that the Cathedral endures for future generations.
It also includes restorative work on the entire Cathedral campus, as well as the completion of a new garden, a public greenspace that will serve as a tranquil place for reflection and meditation at St. Patrick’s. The total cost for this full restoration is approximately $175 million.
This is an enormous challenge particularly in light of the ever-increasing needs of our New York community. We are committed to restoring and preserving this magnificent treasure, one that serves to inspire us all, no matter our faith. We have secured the funds necessary to complete the first phase of work, which will ensure the restoration of the exterior of the Cathedral from the Fifth Avenue entrance through the transept.
Over the next three years, we will be leading an extraordinary effort to raise approximately $50 million to complete the restoration of the Cathedral building. Upon its completion, there will be remaining work on the Cathedral Campus. However, at this juncture, our priority is St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
We ask all of New York – indeed, the nation and the world – to support the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Join us. Become a Cathedral builder.
How to Be a Cathedral Builder
If you would like to learn more about our efforts on behalf of St. Patrick’s, please contact:
You may also give online through our secure donation form.
The restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be made possible by people like you. Just as Archbishop Hughes in the 1860’s asked for donations no matter how large or small, today Cardinal Dolan asks that our community of visitors, worshipers and admirers of this Gothic beauty unite in support of the restoration.
Join us in preserving this treasured landmark for generations to come.
Funds raised in support of this historic restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be directed to and managed by the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Landmark Foundation, a new 501©(3) established specifically for the purpose of preserving and maintaining St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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