Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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HARTFORD– In addition to celebrating Father’s Day Mass at 11 a.m. June 19, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will dedicate the new addition to the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 140 Farmington Ave. Celebrating the Mass with the archbishop will be Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell and Father James A. Shanley, rector of the cathedral.

The 3,000-square-foot structure includes major upgrades that will make visiting the cathedral, especially for people with handicaps, much easier and more enjoyable. An elevator was installed to provide easy accessibility, and 16 new lavatories were added to accommodate the capacity of the cathedral, which can hold up to 2,000 people.

 The construction project began in October 2014 and was financed by donations from more than 100 leadership and major gift donors. In-kind gifts were donated by Manafort Brothers Inc., O&G Industries Inc. and the Otis Elevator Company. A complete listing of benefactors can be found at

“As the mother church of the Archdiocese of Hartford, the cathedral is the center of our community of worship. These magnificent upgrades will enhance the experience of our churchgoers,” said Father Shanley, who has been at the cathedral since 2015. “The generosity of these benefactors is truly amazing, and we are grateful to them.”

The Mass and dedication are open to the public.

The new addition is part of a series of renovations to the Cathedral of St. Joseph and Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.  Both iconic buildings are aging and in need of refurbishment. Other projects being planned for the cathedral are the restoration of its steeple and main plaza, as well as renovation of the lower cathedral. 

If you would like to know how you can help preserve either of these buildings, contact  Robert McTiernan at 860-541-6491 or