St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta

St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and the seat and residence of the Catholic Bishop of Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, currently the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv.
With origins of the first mass occurring on the present day site of the cathedral going back to 1803, St Patrick's was extensively rebuilt after a 1996 fire devastated the original church established in 1854. A tower was built on the original St Patrick's Church which was consecrated in 1880 and blessed in 1883. A cast bronze bell was installed in the tower in 1904. As the needs of the parish grew, a new church was built on the site in 1936 incorporating the existing tower and spire (pictured above). When the Diocese of Parramatta was established in 1986, St Patrick's Church was designated as St Patrick's Cathedral.
Under the incumbency of Bishop Kevin Manning and the then dean, the Very Reverend Peter G. Williams, the current building was designed by Romaldo Giurgola and the firm MGT Architects. Giurgola was commissioned in 1997 for the restoration and design of the new cathedral complex after fire destroyed the previous building. Giurgola was previously the architect of the new Australian Parliament House in Canberra.
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  • It won't be as famous as European cathedrals, but the stained-stained windows of this one are fantastic. One advantage is that there are very few people visiting it.
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  • I thought this was closed, I approached from the Victoria Road side, then noticed the gates were open as I ventured down Marsden Street. Went in and was surprised by the austerity. Prettier on the out...  more »
  • I like it. Pious and sacred church with mass timings suitable for all. Love the family mass with the music and piano. The reconciliation session were also great.
  • One of the best charchs in parramatta with all the required facilities in it. Nice for baptism and weddings.

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