The Cathedral of St. Paul was founded as St. Paul’s Church on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1827. St. Paul’s then became the cathedral of the new diocese on February 21, 1915. 

We include over 250 active members and friends who are seekers, strugglers, sinners and saints. Most are members of the Episcopal Church, but some are not, and all are welcome.

We are the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and we worship in the tradition of Episcopal and Anglican cathedrals throughout the world. Our joyful, reverent services are enhanced by thoughtful, biblical preaching and excellent music. Our worship strengthens us to do the work of seeking justice, caring for creation, nurturing reconciliation and spreading peace in the city of Erie, northwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.

People of all ages, classes and conditions have found a spiritual home at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Whether you are young or old, married or single, straight or gay, rich or poor; whether your faith is strong or weak, clear or uncertain, whether you are seeking or whether you have found; we welcome you to join us in worship, study, reflection and service in the name of Jesus.

Harry T. Burleigh

Harry T. Burleigh was one of the most remarkable and significant people to come from Erie. Along with the spirituals he learned from his grandfather (a former slave) Burleigh heard and performed music of many kinds in Erie, including the church music he sang in the choir at St. Paul’s, where he was baptized and buried. All of these influenced the soul of this great African-American musician. 

- The Very Rev. Dr. John P. Downey, Dean

The Choir of Men and Boys with the Rev. G.A. Carstensen (back row, fifth from right), who served as Rector of St. Paul's from 1882-1889.

Harry T. Burleigh is in the back row, second from right.


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Contact us​

(814) 452-3779

*In times of pastoral crisis or emergency,

call (814) 314.9439 when the office is closed.

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul  134 West 7th Street   Erie, Pennsylvania 16501


Choristers outreach

Members of the Children's choir prepare and serve breakfast to our Food Pantry guests