Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich (1879)

December 6th, 2009 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Norwich


The Catholic Cathedral of Saint Patrick Parish, on Broadway in Norwich, was built during the 1870s. The new Cathedral was built because of the crowded conditions at Norwich’s first Catholic Church, St. Mary’s, which was built in 1845 and was the first Catholic Church in Connecticut on the East side of the Connecticut River. The Gothic-style Cathedral was designed by James Murphy of Providence, who was the brother-in-law of the famous church architect, Patrick Keely. The Cathedral was largely constructed by Norwich’s Irish residents. Ground breaking took place on Good Friday 1871 and the first mass was held in the completed building on St. Patrick’s Day, 1879. The Cathedral was extensively renovated in the 1950s.

  1. 3 Responses to “Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich (1879)”

  2. By Karen Leary Watson on Apr 19, 2011


    Any chance that I can order copies of my grandparents and great-grandparents’ marriage certificates?
    Patrick Galligan & Ellen O’Brien were married October 11, 1867 in St. Mary’s.

    Their daughter Elizabeth Galligan married Cornelius P. Leary in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on November 16, 1899.
    May God Bless,
    Karen Leary Watson

  3. By Daniel on Apr 19, 2011

    You should contact the parish for that kind of information:

  4. By Lori on Sep 12, 2013

    This church has an absolutely exquisite interior. It’s worth travelling from anywhere in Connecticut to see it.

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