Map showing St Christopher's Cathedral

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  • Admission: Free

The Cathedral is the largest church in the national capital and the premier church of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The word Cathedral is derived from the Greek ‘kathedra’, meaning throne or elevated seat. The Cathedral is the church where the Archbishop has his seat, where he presides, teaches and leads worship for the whole Catholic community. St Christopher's was built as the first parish church of Canberra by the first pastor, Father Patrick Haydon, although the beginnings of Catholic life in the district stretch back to 1862, when the Diocese of Goulburn was founded. On 30 January 1927, in the time of Bishop John Barry, there was a national Catholic pilgrimage to Canberra for the laying of the foundation stones of St Christopher’s Church and School by Archbishop Kelly of Sydney and of the Convent by Archbishop Mannix of Melbourne.

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