I was awestruck
My first memory of the Cathedral was coming here as a child to Mass with my parents and being awestruck by the magnificence of this space. I think that is partly what this building is -- a place where people living day-to-day life can come and step away from the ordinary into something sacred, beautiful, timeless and awesome. (Anne Desmond, Saint John)
Irish-born parents married here!
My parents, born in Ireland, were married here in the Cathedral. The first of their 11 children was baptised here! I was a teacher at a Catholic school in this neighbourhood; two of my sisters graduated from the nursing school at St. Joseph's Hospital; and I entered the Sisters of Charity community. Our family has many wonderful connections to this cathedral and this neighbourhood! (Doreen McGuire, McAdam)
Life Revolved Around the Cathedral
I grew up on Castle St. in the shadow of our great Cathedral, our CYO, our schools and hospital. I was an altar boy there in the 1940's. My parents were married there in 1930 and both were buried from the Cathedral. My maternal grandparents, Fred Fuller and Ann Murphy, were married there in 1904, and both were buried from the Cathedral. My sister was married at the Cathedral in 1961.Our lives revolved around the Cathedral and the wonderful priests and sisters who guided us along the way. (Bill Brenan, Saint John)