On September 28, 2017, we celebrate the 133rd anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral. Consecrated the Cathedral of Saint Peter by Scranton's first bishop, the Right Reverend William O'Hara on September 28, 1884, the Cathedral had been Saint Vincent de Paul Church for seventeen years. The change of name calls to mind Christ's words to Saint Peter: "Upon this rock, I will build my church."
Father of holiness and power, be present to us in this house of prayer, this place of salvation and sacrament, where your Gospel of peace is proclaimed, and Your holy mysteries celebrated. In this house we come to know anew the abiding of you dwelling among us. Welcome us when we come before You as a sinful and broken people; nourish us in Your love and make us whole again. Shape and enrich the fabric of our being so that we may truly become the Body of Christ. As we journey forth from this venerable Cathedral; guide us by Your Word, bring us closer to fulfillment, in the vision of your peace, and be with us on our journey through this life until we come at last to the Heavenly City of the new Jerusalem. In Your Holy Name, we pray. AMEN
Visit our History and Heritage page for a complete history of the Cathedral.