St. Peter in Chains Cathedral is a historic downtown cathedral that is home to a diverse and thriving faith community. We hope that what you see here will lead you to visit the cathedral in person!

Over the years, the Cathedral has been the site of many significant celebrations in the life of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

The Cathedral continues to serve as the scene for a wide range of Archdiocesan celebrations and events, and groups holding conventions in Cincinnati often use the Cathedral for liturgies or concerts. 

In contrast to all the large-scale celebrations, the Cathedral parish quietly ministers to the poor of the area and to the constant stream of people who come to participate in the sacraments ... confirmations, baptisms, marriages and funerals - and, of course, the daily celebration of Mass and reconciliation - continue the living story of the Cathedral.

Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains

Pieta at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo unveiled what would come to be regarded as one of the world’s great masterpieces of inspired art and perhaps the most beautiful sculpture ever created. Now, under an exclusive license from the Vatican Observatory Foundation, this masterpiece has been recreated in cast marble from an authorized mold derived from the original. This posthumous Pietà is a 1:1 casting that is faithful in every detail to Michelangelo’s original.

Of all his sculptures the Pietà was the only one Michelangelo ever signed. In the Pietà all of Michelangelo’s attention was focused on evoking the ideal of spiritual beauty so important in the time of the Italian Renaissance. It is a testament to his abiding love of God, the source of his inspiration, that he was able to capture the compassion and serenity in Mary’s face with so much grace that, half a millennium later, the vision of it continues to inspire us. One of the greatest sculptures ever created, it stands as an icon for the Christian faith, bringing inspiration to the millions who visit St. Peter’s Basilica every year.

A rare recreation of this masterpiece is on display here at the Cathedral for a limited time. To find out more about this special project, click here. The Pieta is located in the baptistery, to the right of the main altar and opposite the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Public viewing is available Monday through Friday from 6:30am - 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm and on Sundays during Mass times (8:30am, 11:00am & 6:00pm). Please visit us to take in this brilliant work of art.

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Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Telephone: (513) 421-5354

OFFICE address:
325 W. 8th Street
Cincinnati OH 45202

Website: stpeterinchainscathedral.org

Mass & Confessions

Saturday [Anticipated]: 4:30pm 
Sunday: 8:30am, 11am (Choir) & 6:00pm 

Monday - Friday 7:00am, 11:30am and 5:15pm
Saturday, 11:30am

Fridays 12noon - 5:00 pm ending with Benediction

Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day & Thanksgiving Day: 9:00am

Monday through Friday:
   After the 7:00 am Mass
   12:00 - 12:30 pm
   4:30 - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 12 Noon to 3:00 pm



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