St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral Church is situated in the city of Jalandhar, near Jalandhar Cantt station. This church is unique in a number of ways as it has a unique design and had got blessings from His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

St Mary’s Cathedral Church is dedicated to Saint Patrick and was built in the year 1947 under the aegis of Rev. Fr. John Macodnnel, Q.F.M.CAP of Vicariate Apostle of Agra. Prior to 1947, another church built in the year 1886 stood on this site. The Diocese of Lahore looked after the church before partition. After partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Catholic Mission of Punjab (India) was formed to look after churches in the region.

At that time, St Mary’s Cathedral Church was given the status of Cathedral or Mother church of all churches in Punjab. The process of rebuilding the church all over again began on 15 February 1987 with the demolition of old building. The new building was completed by December 1987 and was inaugurated by special envoy of the Pope, Archbishop Jose Sanchez and Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, the Vatican Ambassador.

St Mary’s Cathedral Church has a unique architecture as it has been designed by keeping the secular nature of the country. One may find blending of architecture of all major cultures in India here. A large number of devotees visit the St Mary’s Cathedral Church every year and seek divine blessings. Apart from being an important place of worship, it is also a prominent tourist attraction. A number of tourists pay a visit here to witness an architectural marvel and secularism at its best.

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