St Patrick's Cathedral: the heart of the Diocese of Parramatta
St Patrick’s Cathedral is the symbolic heart of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta – a dynamic centre of worship prayer, community and mission.
Today an iconic physical landmark of the City of Parramatta skyline, the Foundation Stone for the St Patrick’s was laid more than 170 years ago, on St Patrick’s Day 1836.
When the Diocese of Parramatta was established 150 years later in 1986, St Patrick’s was designated as the Cathedral of the new Diocese.
A work of art and faith
The present Cathedral – the fourth built on the 1 Marist Place site in Parramatta – was designed by Mitchell, Giurgola and Thorp, best known for its design of the new Parliament House in Canberra.
The interior also features the craft of three senior Australian artists, comprising stone work by Anne Ferguson, timber by Kevin Perkins and metal by Robin Blau.
The new Cathedral, built following the well-documented St Patrick’s fire of 1996, was dedicated on 29 November 2003.
With its innovative combination of architecture and art, St Patrick’s was the first Australian Cathedral of the new millennium, continuing its tradition of breaking new ground for more than 170 years.
For more on this history of St Patrick's Cathedral, please visit our History At a Glance section. Our journey can also be seen in pictures in St Patrick's Gallery.
Go to History At a Glance
Go to St Patrick's Gallery
What’s new at the Cathedral?
To find out the latest news from the Cathedral and upcoming events, please visit St Patrick's Cathedral Parish.