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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 Save the Ceiling

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

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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? 

Because people around the world want to see them!

Canada's built heritage is a significant draw for visitors and a huge boost to local economies.

A major international survey found that 74% of long-distance travelers interested in visiting Canada want to see our country's historical buildings and sites and 85% want to visit small towns and villages.

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


A message to our American Friends

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is supported by the American Fund for Charities, a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization EIN 52-2109597. Donations from US taxpayers to the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and the Cathedral Restoration Project through the American Fund for Charities are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by US law. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation has been reviewed by the American Fund for Charities and has been determined eligible to receive contributions through the AFC.

If you are a US taxpayer and wish to support the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and the Cathedral Restoration Project, you may make a secure online donation at www.americanfund.info. Please be certain to identify the Cathedral Heritage Foundation as the beneficiary of your gift of support.

Alternatively, you may download a printable donation form and send it with your check or credit card details to The American Fund for Charities, 2 Liberty Square, Suite 500 Boston, MA 02109-4884. Be sure to identify clearly the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and the Cathedral Restoration Project as the organization you wish the American Fund for Charities to support.

Following your donation, you will promptly be issued with the receipt necessary for income tax purposes.