St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast

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St. Peter's Cathedral, Belfast. (Ard Eaglais Naomh Peadar) is the Roman Catholic cathedral church for the Diocese of Down and Connor, and is therefore the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor. It is located in the Divis Street area of the Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland and dates from the 1860s. It is home to St Peter's Schola Cantorum (Choir).
The cathedral was originally a parish church. It was designed by Fr Jeremiah Ryan McAulay, who had trained as an architect before he became a priest, and built on a site donated by a local baker, Bernard Hughes. It opened on 14 October 1866.
Until the Reformation the cathedral of the Diocese of Down & Connor had been at Downpatrick. Since that was no longer available, St Peter's was made into a pro-cathedral, or temporary cathedral, for the Diocese, until 29 June 1986, when it became a cathedral in the full sense.
From St Peter's Cathedral website unless otherwise stated: Fr William Blaney: 1866–1873Fr Andrew McAuley: 1873–1882Fr Patrick Convery: 1882–1895Fr John McCartan: 1895–1898Fr John Tohill: 1898–1905Fr Bernard Laverty: 1905–1911Fr John Healy: 1911–1919Fr Thomas McDonald: 1919–1929Fr Alexander McAteer: 1929–1930Fr George McKillop: 1930–1943Fr John McLaverty: 1938–1943Fr George Watson: 1943–1945Fr Leo McKeown: 1945–1949Fr Laurence Higgins: 1949–1955Fr Patrick McAtamney: 1955–1960Fr Joseph McConville: 1960–1963Fr James McCloskey: 1963–1966Fr Sean O’Neill: 1966–1967Canon Padraig Murphy: 1967–1971Fr Francis Teggart: 1971–1974Fr Alec Darragh: 1974–1978Fr Vincent McKinley: 1978–1983Fr Joseph McGurnaghan: 1983–1986Fr Sean Connolly: 1986–1990Fr Anthony Alexander: 1990–1994Monsignor Thomas Toner: 1994–2006Fr Hugh Kennedy: 2006–2016Fr Martin Graham: 2016 –
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  • When you come to the International Wall (Falls Road), you can see the church with two tower towers. That's this St. Peter's Church. Stained glass is given to the entrance and the back of the front, and the image of Jesus Christ hung on the cross is in the center of the front. Admission is free.
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  • Unlike St Anne's Cathedral used for all purposes except for worship, this one is truly beautiful and exciting, tucked behind falls Road in a neighborhood that has suffered a lot in recent years.
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  • I dropped by this Beautiful but simple Cathedral. It was a nice experience to see the cathedral and its design. Surely enjoyed my time here. Its worth stopping by for bit to appreciate the beauty work...  more »
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  • Best day off my life my wedding day
  • Nice big church, quiet place
  • Its holy place. Local people can meet there..
  • I like going to st peters cathedral because I have done so all my life it is my local church the ground around it have changed but the place itself has not it's where you can take your time and spend time with your maker you are going to have a peaceful experience and a calming effect to set you up for the day doors open from 8am every day hope to see you there take care and God bless you always
  • Beautiful building
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