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Restoring the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

We’re restoring one of New Brunswick’s historical gems: the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Built between 1853 and 1855, the Neo-Gothic cathedral is one of Saint John’s oldest buildings (having escaped the Great Fire of 1877) and is listed in the National Historic Registry. Every year, tens of thousands of people from around the world visit the Cathedral and our Heritage Information Centre where they discover the story of Saint John's Irish immigrants and how they helped shape Canada's oldest incorporated city.

We need your help to #SaveTheCeiling

Now that we've replaced the Cathedral's 24,000-square-foot roof, the original plaster ceiling needs extensive restoration work, having been exposed to many years of moisture infiltration. Scaffolding was  installed to provide a temporary "ceiling" so regular worship and other services can continue.
Your donation will help us restore the soaring ceiling of the Cathedral. You can donate using our secure online form or mail your tax deductible gift to:

1 Bayard Drive, Saint John NB, CANADA  E2L 3L5

Donate to #SaveTheCeiling

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has installed temporary scaffolding in the interior until the original plaster ceiling is restored. 

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation's current priority is focused on raising funds for the urgent preservation of one of Saint John's great spiritual, cultural, faith, and tourism assets.

You can donate using our secure online site. Or, if you prefer, you can mail your tax deductible contribution to Cathedral Heritage Foundation, 1 Bayard Drive, Saint John, NB E2L 3L5 CANADA.

Your donation makes a difference

Whether it's $10 or $10,000, your donation goes a long way in helping to preserve Saint John's heritage.

Please consider making a donation today.

You can mail your tax deductible contribution to

Cathedral Heritage Foundation  1 Bayard Drive  Saint John  NB E2L 3L5.... or

Donate using our secure online payment page. You don't need a PayPal account to donate.

Click below to be directed to our secure online form. 

Saint John's history is Canada's history.

Saint John, New Brunswick represents the story of early Canada: Irish, First Nations, French, British, American and many other early refugees to Canada contributed to the development of a wealthy and thriving seaport, with unique cultural and historical characteristics. 

Why protect our heritage buildings? 

It's not just about saving our history. It's also about our economy.

"74% of long-haul travelers want to visit historical buildings and sites. 85% want to visit small towns and villages."

~ France Strategic Segmentation Study

The US National Trust for Historic Preservation points out that the most desirable cities for both residents and tourists are "those that have recognized and preserved the wealth of inheritance in their old buildings."

~ Heritage Canada Foundation: Built Heritage: Assessing a Tourism Resource

Two ways to win this artwork

Visit our Facebook page and tell us about your favorite New Brunswick heritage place OR donate to our #SaveTheCeiling campaign to be entered to win this striking 30" x 40" framed canvas by Rob Roy, donated by Mario's Framing and Citadel Gallery.

Read our blog for details.

Drawing will take place March 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM Atlantic Time.