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  • 1858-1894 Baptisms, St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto
        These images are of baptisms performed in St. Michael's Cathedral, for the years 1858-1894. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, original parish registers are not available to the public. Please DO NOT contact parishes for access to these registers. Other Resources Death and burials are not sacraments ...
      These images are of baptisms performed in St. Michael's Cathedral, for the ...
  • 1850-1857 Combination Register. St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto
        These images are a combination of baptisms and marriages performed in St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, for the years 1850-1857. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, original parish registers are not available to the public. Please DO NOT contact parishes for access to these registers. Other Resources Death ...
      These images are a combination of baptisms and marriages performed in St. ...
  • 1894-1910 Baptisms, St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto
        These images are of baptisms performed in St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, between the years 1894-1910. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, original parish registers are not available to the public. Please DO NOT contact parishes for access to these registers. Other Resources Death and burials are not ...
      These images are of baptisms performed in St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, between ...
  • 1853-1858 Baptisms, St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto
        These images are of baptisms performed at St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, for the years 1853-1858. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, original parish registers are not available to the public. Please DO NOT contact parishes for access to these registers. Other Resources Death and burials are not ...
      These images are of baptisms performed at St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, for ...
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St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto



St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica holds a special spot not only in the hearts and minds of it's faith community, but in Toronto's landscape as well.

Under the guiding hand of the then Diocese of Toronto's first Bishop, Michael Power, excavation of the site began on April 7, 1845. The corner stone was laid by Bishop Power on May 8, 1845. The architecture for the new Cathedral was inspired by York Minster in Northern England, which is a 14th century English gothic building. The architect responsible for carrying out Bishop Power's vision was William Thomas - also the designer for St. Lawrence Hall.

The consecration for the Cathedral was held on September 29, 1848, by the Most Rev. Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal. Sadly, Bishop Power did not live to see his beloved Cathedral completed, dying of typhus on October 1, 1847.

In March 1850, Pope Pius IX named Armand-Francois-Marie de Chabron de Charbonnel as the Diocese of Toronto's second Bishop. Although upon his appointment Bishop de Charbonnel took over responsibility for the remaining construction and beautification of the Cathedral, his greatest contributions were the three east windows which were imported from France and installed in 1858. He was also responsible for importing the Stations of the Cross, also from France.

Further additions were made to the Cathedral in 1864 when Archbishop John Lynch (Pope Pius IX raised Toronto to an Archdiocese on March 18, 1870) enlarged the Sacristy and added the tower and steeple in 1866.

In 2012, a seemingly small and simple project to repaint the doors, turned into a massive and extensive restoration and conservation project. This much needed work will not only ensure the preservation of this historic building, it will also ensure that St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica will be a place of refuge and faith well into the future.