Cathedral of St Joseph

Cathedral of St Joseph, Hartford

Cathedral of St Joseph
4.5
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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sand2skis
Gold Coast, Australia323 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
This cathedral was not on our radar when we placed Hartford on our travel itinerary. We were heading towards the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses (just up the road) when we noticed it. Having an interest in such buildings, it immediately drew my attention. Despite the arguably blend and grey colored facade, we decided to check it out. And we are glad we did!

My jaw dropped... Its interior was sensational. It certainly has the wow-factor! The stained-glass windows were absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth a quick visit!
Written January 7, 2014
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HikerTraveler
East Hartford, CT272 contributions
Have attended Mass and ECHS graduations here. Absolutley beautiful interior. Great acoustics.
Written January 7, 2012
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Lorraine
New York18 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Stopped by after visiting the Twain Museum and was glad we did; was just gorgeous. Worth it to go see.
Written May 4, 2019
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JimConnecticut1
West Hartford, Connecticut120 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
This church was built to replace the grand old St. Joseph's Cathedral which burned down in 1956. The fire is worth Googling as it was headline news around the world with incredible photos of the destruction.

The cement was I believe an overreaction to the tinderbox nature of the old cathedral which burned for quite some time and injuring ten Hartford firemen. It may also have been a financial decision. In its wake many off the churches in the Hartford Achdiocese were made of cement following the fire and many were attempts to add a touch of modern architecture which was supposed to show how up to date the Church was.

Sadly, St. Joseph's like St. Mary's in East Hartford have no personality or sense of awe. Neither creates a sedating effect to allow reflection, rather they intrude on the senses and provide nothing in terms of rest or spiritual inspiration.
Written June 27, 2015
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Traveler_200950
United States396 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
One of the prettiest churches around. Worth a visit for a mass! Too bad it is locked when there are no services. However, it's not a nice area!
Written May 19, 2013
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Emily M
United States926 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful sanctuary and stained glass! Check the website ahead of time to see what time services are (unfortunately we walked in about 3 minutes before the service started). Definitely worth a stop!
Written December 19, 2021
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Teammilitello
Des Moines, IA649 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
What a peaceful visit. I stopped in during an 11:00 Sunday church service. The outside is as jaw-dropping as the inside. Parking is free along the street in front or in a parking lot in the back.
Written August 15, 2021
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Grant B
Middletown, CT206 contributions
May 2019
So peaceful to see and enjoy the beautiful church and music. Just Huge and easy walking area. Don't forget see the second floor. The Craftsmen so breath taking. I gone many time and love going to see this beauty . There is parking in the back of the Cathedral. .
Written August 7, 2019
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Walter11_22
Avon, CT197 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
A very beautiful Catholic church. Modern in design but quite beautiful. If you are looking for an "old and ornate" cathedral, this is not the one for you.
Written February 12, 2019
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redeco
Warren, MA9,279 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
The original Cathedral of St. Joseph was devastated by fire in 1956. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the new ultra-modern structure created as a replacement, was dedicated in 1962. The design firm was Eggers and Higgins of New York. The soaring vault is flooded with colored light from the hundreds of stained glass windows throughout the cathedral.

No expense appears to have been spared in the construction of this church. The windows were designed by Jean Barillet of Paris, and each stands 67 feet high and 13 and a half feet wide. Traditional new and old testament subjects are depicted in the windows which sparkle like jewels in the sunlight.

I could go on and on - the physical beauty of this structure is a testament to the faith and vision of its parishioners. Stop in and sit; soak in the quiet; the solemn atmosphere if this beautiful church. Enjoy.
Written February 26, 2018
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Cathedral of St Joseph is open:
  • Mon - Thu 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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