Welcome to the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe!
The Cathedral welcomes all who wish to visit. We are located in the Dallas Arts District, which includes the Nasher Sculpture Center, Meyerson Symphony Center (home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Cathedral guided tours for groups can be booked in advance by calling during business hours.
On your tour you will see the results of ongoing efforts to restore and renew this Victorian Gothic jewel. Work began in 2000 with the refurbishment of the Cathedral’s interior. A new image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was installed, the sanctuary, side altars and floor were restored, and a new altar constructed and blessed. In 2002 the interior was painted, and in 2005—after more than 100 years—the building’s original design was finally realized with the addition of a 224' bell tower and 49-bell carillon, both part of the original Nicholas J. Clayton architectural drawings. Dedicated in 1902, the Cathedral is one of the finest remaining examples of High Victorian Gothic Architecture in Dallas, and the last remaining example of Clayton’s work in the city.
With 25,000 registered families, the Cathedral Shrine is recognized as the second largest cathedral congregation in the nation, second only to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Equally significant, the Cathedral Shrine has the largest Latino congregation in the nation. As such, life as a member of the Cathedral community is rich and vibrant. Music, liturgical celebration, social gatherings, outreach programs and adult education classes serve and inspire thousands each week. In addition, the Cathedral participates in Arts District events, sponsoring the Greater Dallas Children's Chorus and a children's chorus for Sacred Music and Performing Arts. In these ways the Cathedral lives its traditional role as a center for spiritual growth, arts and culture.
The word “Cathedral” is derived from the Latin “Cathedra,” the Bishop’s Chair found in the church sanctuary. The Cathedra represents the official teaching role of the Bishop, who is responsible for the care of souls within a geographic area called a Diocese. Thus, the Cathedral Shrine is the ‘home parish’ of the Bishop, and holds a special place in the hearts of the faithful in the Diocese of Dallas. Moreover, its beauty and spiritual solace speak to all peoples: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) RSV.
To inquire about a visit, register as a member, or learn more about the Catholic faith, please call 214-871-1362.
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.