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We All Bleed Red

Come be part of our community’s largest ever multi-faith blood drive April 24-28.  This is part of the 23rd annual Festival of Faiths: Many Faiths, One Heart, Common Action.

The Cathedral’s day to host the blood drive is April 24, the kick-off day.  There will also be a press event on the steps of the Cathedral at 2:30 pm, weather permitting.  You may donate blood from 11 am – 4pm on the 24th.  Several other houses of faith are co-hosting with us on that day.

The other days, times and locations:

Wednesday, April 25, 2-7 pm, Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road

Thursday, Aril 26, 12-6 pm, Mobile unite at the Kentucky Center for the Arts (outside Festival site), 501 West Main Street

Friday, April 27, 2-7 pm, Christ Gospel Churches International, 2614 E. 10th Street, Jeffersonville

Saturday, April 28, 12-5 pm, Al-Zahrah Islamic Center, 4010 Bishop Lane

Like the Cathedral, many faith communities are co-hosting at each site. 

You can sign up online by clicking here.


Check out The Record article featuring parishioner Linda Squire and Opioid Epidemic. 

Want to check out some 360 degree photos of the Cathedral? Kelsey Hillary of took photos today. Click here to see them.

Cathedral featured in music video of "Say a Prayer."  Click here to view.   

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit

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exteriorThe grounds upon which Louisville’s Cathedral of the Assumption stands were consecrated in 1830.  The seat of our first Bishop, Father Benedict Joseph Flaget, moved from Bardstown, Kentucky, to Louisville eleven years later in 1841.  Located on the site of the old St. Louis Church, the Cathedral is designed in Neo-Gothic style by William Keeley and Isaiah Rogers, two of America’s finest 19th century architects.  Completed in 1852, it is the fourth oldest public building in the city of Louisville as well as the third oldest Catholic Cathedral in the United States in continuous use.  The steeple rises 287 feet above the Louisville skyline and, upon its completion, was North America’s tallest spire.  The Coronation window is one of the oldest surviving examples of hand-painted stained glass in the country.  

The Cathedral has been the scene of many tumultuous events during its long history.  August 6, 1855, a day now referred to as Bloody Monday, saw riots brake out after accusations of election irregularities.  The Know-Nothing political party feared that immigrants and Catholics would interfere with the voting process.  Rioters came armed to the Cathedral looking for weapons, but after a search of the premises, none were found.  


During the Civil War, the church was the scene of services to honor the fallen of both sides, the Blue and the Gray.  In 1937, a great flood found much of the center city of Louisville under water.  The Cathedral served as a refuge center for those forced from their homes.

The center of America’s oldest inland diocese, the Cathedral of the Assumption is a vibrant Catholic parish.  Clergy and staff serve the needs of the 3,000 registered parishioners through worship, music, spiritual formation and hospitality.  Staff and volunteers provide lunch daily to the homeless, carrying on our mission of striving for social justice.  The Cathedral of the Assumption will continue this rich tradition long into the future.


New - January 2015

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds travel to the Cathedral of the Assumption to talk about the meaning of the Cathedral to the Archdiocese and to discuss highlights of the art and architecture of the Cathedral.

See the conversation - Archbishop Kurtz and Brian Reynolds

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz visits the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center and takes viewers on a brief tour, along with archdiocesan historian Fr. Clyde Crews and archdiocesan archivist Fr. Dale Cieslik.

See the tour and conversation - Archbishop Kurtz with Fr Crews and Fr Cieslik