St. Patrick Cathedral

Endowment Fund

The Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick is the seat of the Diocese of El Paso and the mother church for 686,000 Catholics. In 2005, the parish dedicated a nave to the memory of San Pedro de Jesús Maldonado, the martyr of the Diocese of El Paso who was ordained in the Cathedral in 1918. Over the years, many seminarians for the Diocese have begun their service as ordained priests at St. Patrick Cathedral.

Current Value

This fund helps support the life and programs of the parish.

About this Fund

The Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick is the seat of the Diocese of El Paso and the mother church for 686,000 Catholics.

  •  Plans to build the church of St. Patrick originated with the Irish Catholic community in El Paso in 1908 when parishioners at Holy Family Church (formerly St. Mary Chapel) began to fundraise for a larger church.
  • Several sites were considered for the new church before Father Edward Barry, S.J., the pastor at Immaculate Conception, settled on the corner of Mesa and Arizona Streets which he bought in February 1914 for $20,000.
  •  The church was designed by Barnett, Haynes and Barnett of St. Louis in the Byzantine style of architecture and constructed from brick and carrara marble.
  • Designed to seat 720 worshippers, the interior is modified byzantine with the woodwork of golden oak and the floor of polished oak. The interior is adorned with Roman columns, elaborate frescoes that depict biblical scenes, and the Stations of the Cross that are carved in bas-relief on the interior walls. The impressive marble altar, 75 feet tall, is a duplicate of the altar in the St. Louis Cathedral and contains an eight-foot statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus under a large canopy that is topped with a golden eagle.
  • On November 19, 1917, the finished St. Patrick Church was officially designated by Bishop Schuler as the Cathedral for the Diocese of El Paso. The dedication ceremony took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1917.

Why Give to Endowment?

Endowed funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the ministry/parish/school. In time the income generated by the gift will far exceed the original donation.

As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowed funds.

Other Ways to Give

In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.

Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call:
(915) 872-8412
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)

To mail your donation:
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Monthly Giving

Monthly giving is a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people helped by the parishes, schools, ministries, and charities in the Diocese of El Paso.

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Planned Giving

Creating a bequest in your will for the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is a powerful statement in your legacy, and costs you nothing today.

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Establish a Named Fund

Donors may create a Named Fund benefiting the endowed fund of their choice with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period. If you're interested in creating a legacy in honor or memory of a loved one, contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.

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