St. Joseph Cathedral (San Diego, California)

Coordinates: 32°43′16″N 117°09′42″W / 32.72114°N 117.16158°W / 32.72114; -117.16158
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St. Joseph Cathedral
St. Joseph Cathedral (San Diego, California) is located in southern California
St. Joseph Cathedral (San Diego, California)
St. Joseph Cathedral's location in Southern California
32°43′16″N 117°09′42″W / 32.72114°N 117.16158°W / 32.72114; -117.16158
Location1535 Third Avenue
San Diego, California
CountryUnited States
DenominationRoman Catholic
Architectural typeMission Revival
DioceseSan Diego
Bishop(s)His Eminence, Robert Cardinal McElroy
Pastor(s)Rev. Peter Navarra

St. Joseph Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral at 1535 Third Avenue in the Cortez Hill neighborhood of downtown San Diego, California. It is the seat of the Diocese of San Diego.


Funeral of Father Ubach in 1907 at former brick St. Joseph's Church, since replaced by the Cathedral

The parish was founded in 1874 and the first sanctuary was a frame building at Third and Beech built in 1875 under the leadership of Antonio Ubach on land donated by Alonzo Horton.[1][2] Adjacent to the church was an adobe house where Ubach lived. The church was dedicated the same year by Bishop Francis Mora.[2] In 1894, the parish completed and dedicated a much larger brick church.[3]

St. Joseph became a cathedral in 1936,[4] when the Holy See established the Diocese of San Diego from part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cathedral is built on the site of the earlier churches and was dedicated in 1941.[5] St. Joseph underwent restoration work in 2011 which included repainting and restoring exterior wood and concrete. Earlier work upgraded restrooms and accessibility to the facility while additional work is planned when funding is in place.[6]

Present day[edit]

St. Joseph's Cathedral offers public liturgies every day of the week, including a Sunday Mass in Spanish.[7] A young adult ministry, confessions, and devotions are also available.

The cathedral frequently hosts concerts by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and other classical groups.[8]


  1. Antonio Ubach, 1874–1907
  2. Bernard Smyth, 1907-1912
  3. Joseph Nunan, 1912-1914
  4. Eugene A. Heffernan, 1914-1919
  5. John J. Brady, 1919-1929
  6. John M. Hegarty, 1929-1940
  7. Franklin Hurd, 1940-1947
  8. Francis Dillon, 1947-1954
  9. William A. Bergin, 1954-1955
  10. George M. Rice, 1955-1969
  11. Anthony Giesing, 1969-1976
  12. Rudolph Galindo, 1976-1983
  13. Gilbert E. Chavez, 1983-2007
  14. Peter Escalante, 2007-2015
  15. Patrick Mulcahy, 2015-2019
  16. Peter Navarra, 2019-Present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hebert, Edgar W. (April 1964). "The Last of the Padres". Journal of San Diego History. 10 (2). Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  2. ^ a b "About the Cathedral". St. Joseph Cathedral. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  3. ^ Smythe, William E. (1907). History of San Diego, 1542 - 1908. pp. 537–567. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  4. ^ "St. Joseph Cathedral". 18 March 2014. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  5. ^ "Church is dedicated; Bishop C. F. Buddy Officiates at Ceremonies in San Diego". St. Joseph News-Press. 27 January 1941. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  6. ^ "St. Joseph's Cathedral Beautified". San Diego Metro. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  7. ^ "Mass Schedule".
  8. ^ Mellin, Maribeth; Onstott, Jane (2007). Insiders' Guide to San Diego (5 ed.). Morris Book Publishing. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-7627-4191-5. Retrieved 2014-03-27.

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