Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul ~ $25 Million


The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a focal point in the history of Catholic Philadelphia. Bishop Kenrick announced plans for its construction in 1846. Despite adversity, economic hardship and delay, it was the courage and tenacity of the Bishops and the generosity and fortitude of the laity that brought this inspiring House of God to completion. Archbishop Wood dedicated this home for all Catholics in our Archdiocese in 1864.

The Cathedral Basilica has been the site of many of the most important and solemn events in the life of the Church of Philadelphia. It is the final resting place of seven of Philadelphia’s ten bishops. In 1976, Pope Paul VI raised the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul to the dignity and honor of a Basilica. Then, in 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral Basilica during his first papal visit to the United States.

In addition, the Cathedral Basilica is a destination for the many visitors who come to Philadelphia from around the country and from around the world. The Cathedral Basilica is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Immediate Restoration and Renovation
Needs ~ $20 million

Our magnificent Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is now more than 160 years old. The major renovations were done nearly 50 years ago. For the Cathedral Basilica to continue our heritage of faith and its legacy of service, this artistic and spiritually inspiring edifice is in need of a minimum of $20 million to meet the following immediate restoration and renovation priorities:

  • Repair damaged Brownstone blocks, clean exterior masonry, and re-pointing as needed
  • Repair and restore entrances including doors, steps, outside sidewalks and landscaping
  • Repair roofs and interior wooden joists
  • Restore exterior statues
  • Refurbish the Chapel, including painting, plastering, restoring ceiling and restoring pews
  • Repair and restore the Basilica Organ and the Chapel Organ
  • Upgrade electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems for safety and efficiency
  • Upgrade fire protection and asbestos abatement
  • Repair damaged plaster, repaint interior, and restore and repair pews
  • Clean all interior spaces, windows and attics
  • Install and upgrade safety and alarm systems
  • Upgrade and replace (where needed) lighting
  • Upgrade and repair audio systems

Basilica Preservation Fund ~ $5 million

In addition to these vital restoration and renovation priorities, the Cathedral Basilica, truly an Archdiocesan treasure, will establish a $5 million Basilica Preservation Fund to address ongoing capital needs and ordinary care.