Sun 11am-2:30pm Cathedral of St. Paul Mass & Tour
The motorcoach will leave on Sunday at 11:00am and return at 2:30pm.
Attend Sunday Mass at noon followed by a guided tour of one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, designed by E. L. Masqueray. This, the fourth Cathedral of Saint Paul, was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland, who secured the site in 1904. The Cathedral dominates the Saint Paul skyline.
The cornerstone was laid on June 2, 1907. The first liturgy was held on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1915. Work continued on the interior for decades. On October 14, 1958, it was consecrated by Archbishop William O. Brady, securing its place among the premier houses of worship in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings in 1974.
The Cathedral of Saint Paul was designated as the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul by the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on March 25, 2009, following a request by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt.
In 2012, the Vatican established a “bond of spiritual affinity” between the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome and the Cathedral of Saint Paul. This means that anyone making a pilgrimage here can enjoy all the spiritual benefits as if they were able to pray at the tomb of the Apostle Paul in Rome.
Tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Saint Paul every year. Over the decades, the Cathedral developed as a catechism in stone and glass by evangelizing through grandeur and beauty. The patron is particularly honored through a series of bronze grills that depict major events in the life of Saint Paul from his conversion to his martyrdom.
All tours will depart from the Minneapolis Convention Center. Buses will depart at designated
times. All persons participating in a tour should arrive at the departure location at least 15
minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return times listed are an approximation and
may fluctuate. Click here for our reservation and cancellation policy.