This beautiful and historic church is modeled after the Lombard church of San Carlo al Corso in Rome. It is of the Roman-Corinthian style of architecture. The Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia was founded in 1846. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered daily as well as an extended schedule on Sunday. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available daily.
Our beautiful Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This magnificent Church has welcomed visitors since 1864. Thousands of visitors visit us every year from near and far. Everyone is taken by the great artistic beauty of the Church. Countless numbers of people stop into the cathedral during the day just to pray and to enjoy the quiet, prayerful atmosphere.
On August 2, 2018, the sacred remains of Saint Katharine Drexel were transferred from the Bensalem Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The Tomb of Saint Katherine Drexel is located inside the main entrance and to the left, adjacent to the altar in memory of the Drexel Family.
The Cathedral Basilica is a small but vital parish Church. Check here for our daily schedule of Masses and Confessions.
Many Catholics from around the Archdiocese of Philadelphia request the beautiful Cathedral Basilica for their wedding celebration. Arrangements are made through the Cathedral Rectory.
Cathedral Basilica Ambassadors are available to answer your questions. Guided tours are available by appointment as well as each Sunday following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Learn about our history, art and architecture.
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