Rector's Welcome

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Welcome to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, from that day on July 2,1848 when the cornerstone of the Cathedral was laid by Bishop (Cardinal) McCloskey, first Bishop of Albany; the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has stood on the hill at the corner of Madison Ave and Eagle Street as a beacon of faith and hope to countless generations of the faithful throughout the Diocese of Albany. On that day the Cathedral cornerstone was Christened to the patroness of Mary Immaculate, the Immaculate Conception.

Your Cathedral has been a central place of worship in the lives of Catholics throughout the fourteen counties of the Diocese of Albany and beyond. As the faithful have come together at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for more than 170 years, they have encountered the sacred and the holy, from the celebration of its liturgies to the quiet reflection of praying before the Blessed Sacrament. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception invites us in to learn about our faith through the signs and symbols of our faith which grace this holy place of worship.

This website provides the opportunity to take virtual three-dimensional tour of the Cathedral which allows the visitor the experience of being at the Cathedral. I hope that your visit to the Cathedral website will encourage you come in person to visit your Cathedral not only for an in-person tour but to especially join us in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours in Christ,

Very Rev. Anthony F. Ligato
Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Vicar for Vocations Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany