Pope John XXIII asserted that Cathedrals are the Soul of a City. His assertion might seem strange in a multi-cultural, diverse urban setting like downtown San Jose. It is difficult to imagine, however, our city’s skyline without the Cathedral’s distinct copper domes or the downtown neighborhood without the its imposing presence. The Cathedral building, as well as its dynamic community speak, to our multi-cultural, diverse urban community.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral has a rich history in the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County. Our history provides a firm foundation from which to move into a dynamic future. We remain a center of worship, a resource for the arts, and a focal point of outreach and service.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral is a center of worship for the local parish community and for the entire Catholic community of Santa Clara County. The parish worships each Sunday in both English and Spanish. Our celebrations are characterized by warm hospitality and dynamic music. Religious formation for adults and young people is available. The diocesan community gathers here at the Cathedral in times of celebration, struggle, and mourning.
The art and architecture of the Basilica offers an experience of beauty and respite from a frenetic and all too often “beige world”. We continue to host concerts, holiday celebrations, and remain a center of art and architecture in downtown San Jose.
Additionally, we serve a vulnerable population through our social ministries office and outreach offering food, mail service, substance abuse and housing referrals, and health care in partnership with Gardner Family Health System.
We are a vibrant parish community with a rich history, a dynamic present, and a hopeful future. Please consider joining us for Sunday worship or simply stop by and rest in the quiet of the sacred space.
Fr. Joseph M. Benedict, Pastor