Spotlight Tour: St. Joseph’s Cathedral & Rectory

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, February 21 – 6 & 7:30 PM




General Admission: $25
Explorer Pass Admission: $20

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Arriving in Buffalo in 1847 as the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop John Timon was instrumental in establishing many of the Roman Catholic institutions that continue to serve Western New York. Bishop Timon was responsible for the planning and construction of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, completed in 1855. The Cathedral was designed by Patrick Keely and is an excellent example of Gothic Revival style.

On this intimate after-hours tour of the historic cathedral complex, Father Chuck Slisz, St. Joseph’s Rector, will guide the group through both the cathedral and the adjoining rectory. The rectory is rarely open to the public, and inside the rectory you will see the original cathedra (bishops’ chair) used by Bishop Timon, a portrait gallery of all of Buffalo’s bishops, and more. This unique opportunity to tour inside the Cathedral and Rectory is not to be missed!

Meet at the Franklin Street entrance of the rectory, adjacent to the cathedral at 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Street parking is available downtown on surrounding streets; street parking is free after 5 PM in downtown Buffalo.

Tour Details: 

  • Space on this tour is limited, and reservations are required.
  • This tour will be approximately ninety minutes in length.
  • Interior photography is allowed.