Cardinal’s Welcome His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Board of St. Patrick's Cathedral Landmark Foundation 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.
Blessing of Restored Bronze Doors
Watch Cardinal Dolan unveil the newly repaired and restored Bronze Doors.
Watch St. Patrick's Tuckahoe marble become white again in this time lapse video.
Watch Cardinal Dolan's St. Patrick's Day speech announcing the restoration of the Cathedral.
Preserving a New York Landmark
The funds necessary to complete the first two phases of work have been raised totaling over $75 million dollars. The phases include the interior and exterior of the Cathedral from 5th Avenue to the high altar. Key scopes of work in these phases are the restoration of the gallery organ, the Cathedral’s pews, stained glass windows, exterior stonework, altar niches and ceiling plasterwork. Efforts are underway to secure the additional funding for the remainder of the work on the Cathedral campus, including the high altar and Lady Chapel, a new heating and cooling system and the Cathedral garden.
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 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.
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.