The towers of the Cathedral identify Saint Cecilia Cathedral as the Mid-Town Landmark. Founded in 1907, we are the Mother Church for the Archdiocese of Omaha with an active parish & we are open to all! Our award winning school, known for diversity & academic rigor, is the oldest continuously operating Catholic school in Omaha. We reach out to the needy, host concerts, flower & art shows. There is no place like Cathedral! Saint Cecilia Cathedral lives its Mission: An Inspiring.Faith.Community.
The parish received the title of "Cathedral" after being moved onto the property near 40th and Burt Streets, where the building, which would become the new Cathedral, was not yet begun. Many people wondered why the Cathedral was being built on 40th Street when the "city" of Omaha was mostly east, between the Missouri River and 10th Street. However, there was steady growth along the crest of the 40th Street hill, above the downtown area, with a mixture of the city's prominent citizens in mansions and working-class citizens filling multiple apartment buildings. By the nineteen-teens this area was named "West Farnam-Cathedral." The following years would show tremendous growth in what is now "Mid-Town Omaha". Saint Cecilia Cathedral would become the Landmark of Mid-town!
The actual construction of the new Cathedral church took fifty-three years. Saint Cecilia Cathedral Parish became the largest Catholic parish in the Diocese of Omaha at the time of World War II.
Saint Cecilia Cathedral Grade School,opened by the Sinsinawa (Wisconsin) Dominican teaching Sisters and supported by the parish, both then and now, attracted Catholic families. Within ten years, a high school was also built.
Our student enrollment is not limited to Catholic families, but any family that is interested in a faith-based education with rigorous academic endeavor. Our award-winning grade school has twice been recognized on a national level, receiving exemplary school awards from the United States Department of Education in both 1985 and in 2007. We have also been recognized by Creighton University for our commitment to education in Omaha. The Cathedral high school developed into a center of recognized academic and athletic excellence over the decades. Alumni of our schools became citizens and leaders in many professions and endeavors, both civic and religious, local and national.
Over the years the Cathedral has been the site of many headline Catholic gatherings and events: the laying of the Cathedral cornerstone (1907); the installation and funerals of bishops; Confirmations and Ordinations, marriages and sacramental life; funerals of parishioners; services in time of war and community need; and numerous school reunions.
The Catholic Mass and other Sacraments are the most important reasons we are here. The Cathedral parish has been active in social justice concerns over the years: service to the needy; rejuvenating the neighborhoods after suburban flight exerted its negative effects; providing a gathering place for prayer vigils; ecumenical sharing and neighborhood associations; these are all part of the work we do at Saint Cecilia Cathedral.
The completion of the Cathedral bell towers in 1958 brought new acclaim to an already recognized landmark on the skyline of Omaha. Interior decoration of the church in the 1950's brought even more accolades for the beauty of this place but also for the spirit of the parish community which paid for it.
A restoration of the Cathedral at the end of the twentieth century raised appreciation for the beauty of the church to new heights. This restoration effort finished the original decorations for which the architect had always hoped. The installation of a new organ put the Cathedral on the map as a premier location for music education and concerts. Saint Cecilia Cathedral has proven to be the perfect Sacred Space for numerous performances.
Were it not for Saint Cecilia Cathedral, there would be fewer cultural events in our city. The doors of the Cathedral are open to the annual Flower Festival in late January, as well as Christmas and seasonal concerts, and artistic and musical exhibits, all free to the public.
Despite its local fame and national regard, there are still dozens and dozens of people who have yet to visit this landmark, this sacred space. Saint Cecilia Cathedral will continue to have more impact and welcome more visitors in the years to come. Even as flights land at the Omaha airport, the Cathedral towers beckon to all visitors, and we welcome them.
We rely on donations to keep our beautiful 108 year-old Cathedral maintained, to keep our award-winning grade school tuition affordable so that every child who wants to attend can do so, (while we also keep upgrading the grade school in every manner, this year with even more technology,) and for our many outreach ministries that are part of our midtown Omaha presence. People are drawn to our beautiful Landmark Cathedral from across the city.
Your gift is greatly appreciated, and will be utilized wisely. No one can stretch a dollar like we can, and there is no place like Saint Cecilia Cathedral! We are open every day, to everyone from 6:30am to 6:30pm. Beautiful Saint Cecilia Cathedral belongs to everyone!
"A beautiful parish and wonderful place to go to school."
"I joined Cathedral, not just because the building is beautiful, but because there is a sense of the beauty of God, and the church and the people who are here. There is a true sense of service here, not just to our parishioners, but to our community. I am overwhelmed by the sense of pride I feel about this place, and I am awe-struck with the incredible beauty and grandeur of the Cathedral. It is humbling to be part of this place."
"The education for our students is unmatched here.They receive an outstanding faith-based education at an award winning school, with a discount of half-price because Saint Cecilia Parish pays the rest. It's amazing!'
"Being a part of the history of this place is phenomenal. Midtown really did grow up around Cathedral. All one has to do is look up at the towers. The inspiration is easy to see."
"Our children were so well-prepared for high school. The teachers in the local high schools always say that it was easy to spot the graduates of Saint Cecilia Grade School because they are ready for the academic challenge of high school. We invested in their education at Saint Cecilia, and our return was knowing that they was prepared for higher education."
"The newer families here at Saint Cecilia Cathedral Parish and School and the families that have been here for generations make up a beautiful diversity. Saint Cecilia Cathedral is the face of Omaha."