About Us

Welcome to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph

On behalf of the parish family of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, I welcome you. The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph was established in 1851 by the late Archbishop of New York, John Hughes. The parish is located in the beautiful Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

The Co-Cathedral is open for worship and to visitors seven days a week. We are open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, we are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For our Mass schedule, please click here.

Initially founded to serve the vast immigrant population fleeing the Irish famine from 1846-1852, St. Josephs continues to meet the needs of immigrants from places as far away as Manhattan and Queens.

Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph Brooklyn, NY
Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph Brooklyn, NY

We would be pleased if you would join us for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, volunteer efforts to improve our community, prayers and devotion, quiet time and/or fellowship.

Whether you are a young hipster, an aging yuppie, a family that escaped from the jungles of Manhattan, or an immigrant family that has recently made your home in the United States We hope you will find the Co-Cathedral of St. Josephs to be a place you can call home!

We are glad that you are visiting our parish site and encourage you to browse to learn more about our community. We invite you and your families to visit us and share in the Eucharist with us.

There is always room in our church for you to make it your spiritual home!

God Love You,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington

Fun Facts

2nd Church of St. Joseph, ca. 1861
2nd Church of St. Joseph, ca. 1861

The church of St. Joseph was the 8th parish founded in Brooklyn and the 13th parish founded on Long Island.

The?very first parish church was a small, wooden building begun in 1851 and dedicated in 1853.

New York Archbishop John Hughes (1797-1864) dedicated the?church of St. Joseph.

It cost $500 to purchase the land for the parish.

Construction on the second church began in 1861.

It was the first church in Brooklyn to have a clock on the bell tower.

The third and current church was?dedicated in 1912. It was designed by Francis (Franz) J. Berlenbach, an architect based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and took two years to build.

Stained glass windows were designed by Locke Studio of Brooklyn.

The recent restoration was done by Acheson Doyle Partners.

St. Joseph’s Parish was elevated to a Co-Cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn on May 13, 2014.