History & Heritage
Listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Sites and designated a Provincial Heritage Place, The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is so recognized for its historical associations with early Irish immigration in Saint John. Between 1845 and 1847, approximately 30,000 Irish arrived in Saint John, more than doubling the population of the city. During this period, Saint John was second only to Grosse Isle, Quebec as the busiest port of entry for Irish immigrants in British North America.
In 1842, New Brunswick was erected into a diocese with Rev. William Dollard appointed as its first bishop. Pope Gregory XVI was Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff. A 23-year-old Victoria was in her fifth year as Queen of England and Sir Richard Downes Jackson was administrator of Canada West and Canada East.
Journey through the Cathedral’s history with us.