St. Paul Cathedral Church


Who we are

St. Paul Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. As the Cathedral, it is the Church of the Chief Shepherd of the diocese, Bishop David A. Zubik. And it is everybody’s parish. It is the site of the local Church’s major events, including ordinations to the priesthood and diaconate, to the Golden Wedding anniversary celebration, to the annual Scout Convocation and the Easter blessing for families. The Cathedral welcomes people from every parish in the diocese and from all walks of life.

St. Paul Cathedral stands in the city’s cultural hub, a vibrant neighborhood of universities and medical centers, residences and restaurants, museums and offices and shops. Our resident population is small, but our worshipping community is quite large. We are particularly excited to have so many college students and young adults worshipping with us and serving the parish community in a variety of ways.

St. Paul Cathedral is where many people go on their breaks from study and work, to spend quiet moments in prayer, particularly with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Our doors are open each weekday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays we are open until after the evening Masses and confessions.

The Holy Mass is the heart and soul of our community, and we celebrate the Eucharist three times on weekdays (6:45 a.m., 8:15 a.m. (televised) , and 12:05 p.m) and six times on Sundays (6:00 pm anticipated Mass on Saturday evening, and 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon and 6:00 p.m.).

In medieval European cities, the cathedral dominated civic life and the city skyline. As one historian of architecture put it: “The cathedral came to represent the city, and in some cases . . . it was the city.” That should be just as true today. For our city and our diocese, we want to be a source of renewal — spiritual, cultural, social, familial, and personal.

We’d love for you to be part of it.

Parish Mission Statement

The Catholic Community of Saint Paul Cathedral Parish, empowered by the Holy Spirit and nourished by the Eucharist, proclaims, witnesses and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Mother Church of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is uniquely situated in the midst of academic, medical and cultural centers. We invite all to join us as we live our faith and reach out in charity to those in need. As we move into our future, we affirm our baptismal call to holiness by deepening our faith and loving one another, all for the honor and glory of God.

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St. Paul Cathedral
108 N. Dithridge St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States
Phone: 412-621-4951
Fax: 412-621-1079
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Very Rev. Kris D. Stubna, S.T.D.
Very Rev. Kris D. Stubna, S.T.D.
108 N. Dithridge St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States
Phone: 412-621-4951 ext.12
Fax: 412-621-1079
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Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:





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Father Kris Stubna was ordained a priest in 1985 and has served at several parishes in the diocese, including Most Blessed Sacrament in Natrona Heights and the former Saint George Parish in the Allentown section of Pittsburgh. In 1989, then Bishop Wuerl appointed Father Stubna as the Director for Catechesis and the Consultant for Secondary School Catechesis. In 1991 he returned to the North American College in Rome where is completed his doctorate degree in Fundamental Theology in 1993. Father Stubna served as Assistant Secretary for Catholic Education for one year and then served as Secretary for Catholic Education from 1994-2012. Father Stubna was appointed rector and pastor of Saint Paul Cathedral Parish by Bishop Zubik and began his duties on July 9, 2012.

Father Stubna is the son of the late Michael and Betty Jane Stubna. He grew up in Robinson Township and attended Holy Trinity School and Montour High School. He graduated from St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh and Duquesne University with degrees in philosophy and psychology in 1981 and was sent to the North American College in Rome, Italy for his seminary studies. He earned an S.T.B. and S.T.L. from the Gregorian University as well as his S.T.D. in fundamental theology. Father Stubna has taught at the university level at LaRoche College and Duquesne University. He has served as a spiritual director at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe and St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh. He has been a speaker and author on a number of subjects including theology, spirituality and Catholic education. He has published a number of books and articles, as well, including The Catholic Vision of Love, What Catholics Believe, A Pocket Catechism for Children, Take Five with St. Ignatius, Take Five with Pope Benedict XVI, and How to Make a Good Confession. He has served on a number of boards including the St. Anthony School Program, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, The Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Carlow University, and others.   Edit
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The Cathedral is located in the Oakland section of the city of Pittsburgh. It is bounded by Craig and Dithridge streets on Fifth Avenue.

The parish office is a small building located at the corner of Fifth and Dithridge with the entrance on Dithridge.Oakland is a short 3.5 miles from downtown Pittsburgh and easy accessed via I-376 (the Parkway) traveling eastbound.

Oakland is adjacent to the Shadyside, Bloomfield, and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods of the city, easily accessed by Fifth or Forbes Avenues.   Edit



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10:00am (televised)
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History of St. Paul Cathedral Pittsburgh PA

St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Pa., is the center of spiritual life for some 3,000 parishioners and more than three quarters of a million Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The first place of public worship for Catholics in the area was in the stockade of Fort Duquesne in 1754. From the French evacuation in 1758 until 1808, there were no resident priests, but Mass was occasionally said in private homes by missionaries traveling west. In 1808 a church was established at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets

Pittsburgh was named the seat of a diocese in 1843, and Saint Paul’s Church at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Grant Street was consecrated as its Cathedral.

Over time, the city’s residences shifted away from the Downtown area, which was increasingly given over to industry. St. Paul’s Downtown property was sold to industrialist Henry Clay Frick and a new cathedral built in 1906 at Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Oakland at the turn of the century was the city’s fast-growing cultural hub, already home to major museums and universities. The original cost of the building and furnishings was nearly $1.1 million dollars, including $205,000 for the real estate.

Designed by Egan and Prindeville of Chicago and built by Thomas Reilly, a general contractor from Philadelphia, the new Saint Paul’s is an example of the Scholastic, or Decorated, Gothic style of the 14th Century.

The building rises 247 feet with a statue of St. Paul mounted on the center pediment. Other exterior statues depict the apostles and evangelists.

In more than a century of Catholic life, the Cathedral has hosted many notables, including Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (Pope Blessed John Paul II), Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

When construction of the present cathedral began, many Catholics wondered why Bishop Phelan had chosen a site so far out of the way. Today we can see the wisdom of Bishop Phelan’s choice. St. Paul’s stands right in the intellectual heart of Pittsburgh, surrounded by the city’s most prestigious institutions — universities, concert halls, museums, libraries, and research centers. Perhaps even more than the original downtown site, the Oakland site tells the world that the Catholic Church is an essential part of Pittsburgh culture.   Edit

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