The Cathedrals - $7 Million
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is blessed to have two historic cathedrals, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. These not only serve as symbols of our Faith for every member of our archdiocese; they also serve those in their immediate communities as parishes and places of worship. We are entrusted with the responsibility of preserving these rich treasures for future generations of Catholics and the community at large.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
As America's First Cathedral established more than 200 years ago,the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary holds a special place in the history of the Catholic Church in our country. In its final stages of a 10-year restoration to its original design by U.S. Capitol architect, Benjamin LaTrobe, there continue to be substantial ongoing needs to maintain and preserve this historic, architecturally significant place of worship that Pope John Paul II called "a worldwide symbol of religious freedom."
The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
The Cathedral, once referred to as the "New Cathedral," contains the cathedra or Bishop's Chair, and thus serves as the Archbishop's parish. As such, it plays a central role in the life of the Church, hosting important liturgies for parishes and schools, and should be regarded by all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore as their Church. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009, the Cathedral has begun to show signs of its age, and significant funds are needed to maintain the current campus, as well as to finance the renovations and repairs that ensure the preservation of this tremendous structure.