The Faithful Traveler™ TV Series: Season 1 - Episode 12
St. Patrick's Cathedral -- Part 1
Diana von Glahn takes you on a whirlwind tour of New York City's renowned St.
Patrick's Cathedral, discussing what it took to get the cathedral built, and
what it means to Catholics around the world.
Monsignor Thomas J. Shelley, professor of history at Fordham University,
discusses the impact that New York's first Archbishop, John Hughes, had on the
city, and how he helped make this landmark a cathedral of suitable magnificence.
Question: "What makes this Cathedral special to you?"
Diana von Glahn: St. Patrick's Cathedral holds a very special place in
my heart because of the time I spent there when I lived in New York City. I
worked in a building a few blocks away and would often come here for daily mass
or adoration. I love the chapels to the many different saints because they speak
to who the people are in the Catholic community at St. Patricks. For instance,
St. Anthony is said to be the most visited chapel here because of the large
Italian community. But it's also interesting to know the history of how the
Cathedral was build and has changed over the years and how some of these chapels
have been replaced by others.
David von Glahn: St. Pat's is an oasis of calm and faith in the heart
of New York City. Even though it is surely the most visited church in Manhattan,
you can still find a quiet chapel to pray and and come closer to God. Our
favorite place in the Cathedral is behind the Sanctuary, the chapel devoted to
the Blessed Sancrament. It's such a peaceful place, especially since it's in the
middle of hectic midtown Manhattan.
Get onboard as The Faithful
Traveler™ explores sacred sites on the East Coast. Join Diana as she visits:
St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, NY
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ
St. John Neumann Shrine in Philadelpha, PA
National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in Emmitsburg, Maryland