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St. Joseph's Cathedral



The neo-gothic St. Joseph’s church was built in 1886-87 according to the designs of the famous architect Pierre Cuypers, as parish church for a new expansion of the city.
The church has three naves and no transept, with a slender 76-meter high tower. This tower is crowned with a characteristic spire: a prefabricateD cast iron construction, at the time highly unusual in church Construction.
The interior is richly decorated, with the pentagonal apse’s high altar, featuring the twelve Apostles, drawing immediate attention.
The furnishings were made possible through donations from parishioners, and take the form of various altars, statues and stained glass windows, as well as the decorations in the sanctuary.
The monumental main organ was built bij Maarschalkerweerd in 1905.
The church was consecrated on 25 May 1887 by the archbishop of Utrecht, Msgr. P.M. Snickers.
Upon the establishment of the new Diocese of Groningen in 1956, the church of St. Martin became the cathedral. This church was torn down in 1981, after which St. Joseph’s was elevated as cathedral church.

Open Hours
Winterdays: 10:00-13:00
Saturday: 10:00-18:00
1st Sunday of the month: 10:00-16:00
1st Sunday winter days: 10:00-13:00

Times of Liturgical Celebrations
Saturday 17:00 Holy Mass in English
Sunday 9:00 Holy Mass in Latin
11:00 High Mass
Every first Sunday of the month: 17:00 Holy Mass in Polish

Monday to Friday 12:30 Holy Mass
Saturday 9:00 Holy Mass

Hours for Confession
Every Saturday between 16:00 and 17:00, also additional times on major feast days and by appointment.

Other Information
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: every Thursday from 11:30 to 12:30


Radesingel 2, Groningen, Paesi Bassi