Holy Family Old Cathedral, Anchorage

Holy Family Old Cathedral, Anchorage

Holy Family Old Cathedral was the mother church of the Archdiocese of Anchorage from 1966 to 2020. The original parish was established in 1915 when Anchorage was founded. The first building was made from cement blocks with a wood frame. It was the first church built in the city.

Construction on the new church began in 1946 after years of fundraising. It was designed by architect Augustine A. Porreca in the Romanesque Revival architectural style. Though services began in this church in 1947, it wasn't completed until 1952.

Pope John Paul II held a papal audience in the Cathedral during his visit to Anchorage in 1981. The event attracted a crowd estimated at about 80,000 people.

The church was given the moniker of Old Cathedral in 2020 after the Archdiocese moved to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. This move came because the size of the church could no longer hold the ever-growing congregation.

Visitors who wish to see the interior of the church may visit up to one hour before public masses on Monday through Friday and 30 minutes before public mass on Saturday and Sunday. All weekday masses take place at noon. Weekend mass occurs at 9 AM on Saturday and on Sunday at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

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Holy Family Old Cathedral on Map

Sight Name: Holy Family Old Cathedral
Sight Location: Anchorage, USA (See walking tours in Anchorage)
Sight Type: Religious
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