About us

St Mary’s Cathedral is a Sydney landmark and a beacon of hope for those who share the Catholic faith. It is a source of inspiration and the spiritual home of Sydney’s Catholic community.

Rev Don Richardson Cathedral Dean

Very Rev Don Richardson Cathedral Dean

The Cathedral Church and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians to give St Mary’s its full title is the Cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Sydney and the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP.

The Cathedral is a welcoming destination for church goers and also attracts thousands of tourists to the church precinct that overlooks the Sydney Central Business District and opposite the equally iconic Hyde Park.

In a vibrant city with a constantly changing skyline, St Mary’s provides a sense of stability and a sanctuary for its citizens. It is one of Sydney’s most treasured historic buildings, a fine example of an English-style gothic church and a dramatic Sydney landmark.

The Archdiocese of Sydney is involved in many different agencies within Sydney to provide services, care and support to people in need, including aged care; education; health care; prayer, worship and liturgy; solidarity and justice; vocations and seminary; youth and young adults ministry.

St Mary’s Cathedral College, located adjacent to the cathedral, was founded in 1824 and is a secondary day school that caters for about 750 boys from Years 3 to 12 and is administered by the Congregation of Christian Brothers.

St Mary’s Cathedral Choir is the oldest musical institution in Australia and sings at High Mass every Sunday and on special holy days.

St Mary’s is the breathtaking outcome of generations of support and contribution from the Catholic community and represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Australia.

The brilliance of its structure, the beauty of its music and the purpose of its charitable services all represent the faith that leads to a shared humanity. The heart of St Mary’s Cathedral is the faith, work and generosity of good people bringing God’s presence into the world, inspiring a conversation among the generations.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, invites all who enter this Sanctuary to appreciate their own fundamental worth and destiny. We are brothers and sisters beyond all distinctions of race, religion, nationality or economic class.

Welcome to our website and we hope you find inspiration within the following pages.

To access and download the current Cathedral Bulletin and Orders of Service, please click here