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




We are pleased to announce that we have received the necessary funding to keep the replica statue of Michelangelo’s Pieta as a permanent asset to the Cathedral. You may recall that last year on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Schnurr blessed the Pieta. Since then, thousands of parishioners, tourists, and pilgrims have come to see this most beautiful sculpture. We are very grateful to the benefactors and friends of the Cathedral who have generously made possible this Divine work of art depicting the greatest gift our Lord has given us, His Son, as a permanent exhibit at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral for generations to come.

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.


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


Summer Lunch with the Lord

Join us on Wednesdays, July 17, 24, & 31 for our summer Lunch with the Lord! Art Historian, Dr. Ceil Dorger, will speak on sacred art that depicts Christ’s parables. She will cover several parables and the art that illustrates them. The sessions will take place at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Synod Hall from 12Noon to 1:00pm, immediately following the 11:30am Mass; they are free and open to the public. Drinks will be available for a donation. Bring your lunch and enjoy Lunch with the Lord!


Message from Archbishop Schnurr

June 17, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

Over the last several months, many of us have been outraged and horrified by revelations of sexual abuse and cover-ups of such abuse perpetrated by some bishops in our country. This past week, I, along with the other bishops of our nation, gathered in Baltimore for the spring general assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The very important work of debating and voting on measures to eradicate the grave evil of sexual abuse from our Church, which we had planned to accomplish last fall at the plenary assembly, was finally able to be addressed. With the release of Pope Francis’ apostolic letter Vos estis lux mundi in May, we were ready at this assembly to take concrete steps forward and implement important procedures for accountability throughout the hierarchy of the Church in the United States.

At this most recent meeting, the bishops of our country approved three documents related to reporting and investigating claims of abuse or the intentional mishandling of such cases by bishops. These newly approved directives establish the following:

• Protocols to deal with bishops who were removed from office or resigned their office for reasons of sexual abuse or intentional mishandling of cases.

• Reaffirmation of the commitment bishops make to live according to the Gospel and to place themselves under the same high standards applied to their priests, deacons and lay personnel.

• Direction for dealing specifically with reporting and investigating complaints against bishops.

The bishops also approved the creation of a third-party reporting system designed to receive confidentially reports of sexual abuse or the intentional mishandling of abuse cases committed by bishops. The independence of such a system is meant to help prevent any member of the hierarchy from interfering in the investigation of alleged misconduct. Please see the attached press release from the USCCB for more information regarding this third-party reporting system. Currently in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we have a reporting system already in place to handle abuse and misconduct allegations of all types, EthicsPoint. To make a report call, 1-888-389-0381.

These steps implemented by the USCCB are important in our response to the sin and crime of sexual abuse, but they are not the end. Until the scourge of sexual abuse is completely eradicated from the life of the Church, we will still have work to do. As members of the Church, we are all called to lives of holiness and meant to become saints in God’s Kingdom. There is absolutely no place in the Church for toleration of any kind of sexual abuse, especially committed against people who are particularly vulnerable for reasons of age, ability, or status. As your bishop, I promise to continue to do everything in my power to ensure a safe environment for all people – children and adults – involved with any of our various ministries.

I ask you to join me in praying for all the victims of sexual abuse and for a renewed commitment on the part of all of us to follow Christ more closely, so that the Church may once again shine out as a light to the nations by the witness of her holiness.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati


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