Soulful Discovery at New York's St. Patrick’s Cathedral



The first cornerstone was laid in 1858, and on May 25, 1879, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was finally opened and blessed by then-archbishop John Cardinal McCloskey in New York City.  Still under its 175 million dollar renovation, St. Pat’s is expected to be fully restored by September 2015 when the Pope visits–making now a perfect time for you to visit yourself and take a free guided tour, offered at 10 am on varying dates.




1. Notable figures such as BabeRuth, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and New York Governor Hugh Carey have had their funeral Masses held here.

2. St. Pat’s receives an average of 5 million visitors per year.

3. The most popular saint visited at the cathedral? That would be St. Anthony, the patron saint of finding lost and stolen articles.

4. The seating capacity in the main cathedral is 2,400 worshipers.

5. There are 19 bells that ring in the cathedral, and each is named after a different saint. Today the bells are electrified but prior to 1952 there was an actual bell ringer who climbed up to make the melodies.

6. A record is kept of everyone who says “I do” in St. Pat’s.  On April 3, 1920, author Francis Scott Fitzgerald married his bride, Zelda Sayre. He was 23. She was 19.

7. For a quieter, more intimate place to worship walk behind the main cathedral to the“secret cathedral” which seats only 200 worshipers.

8. In order to get married at St. Pat’s (talk about a big white wedding!) you or your groom must be a parishioner living in the Archdiocese of New York.  The same rule applies for baptisms.

9. Love music? There is a specific calendar just for free musical events held at St. Pat’s.

10. A weekly luncheon is held by St. Pat’s to support its older members, with lunch provided by notable local restaurants (21 Club, PJ Clarkes, The St. Regis.)  To volunteer with this program and visit with the seniors, contact Roberta Shea, Director of Volunteer Services and Our Neighbor Program, at 212.355.2749.


Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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