Holy Family Cathedral (Saskatoon)

The Cathedral of the Holy Family is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the University Heights Suburban Centre neighbourhood of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Cathedral is located on land adjacent to St. Joseph High School.

Cathedral of the Holy Family
Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon.jpg
The cathedral's modernist exterior
AffiliationRoman Catholic
Year consecrated2011
Location123 Nelson Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7S 1H1
Geographic coordinates52°9′0.48″N 106°35′7.47″W / 52.1501333°N 106.5854083°W / 52.1501333; -106.5854083Coordinates: 52°9′0.48″N 106°35′7.47″W / 52.1501333°N 106.5854083°W / 52.1501333; -106.5854083
Architect(s)Friggstad Downing Henry Architects
Construction costCA$28.5 million

St. Paul's Cathedral had reached its physical limits, which necessitated the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to build the Cathedral of the Holy Family.[1] Construction on the CAD$28.5 million 65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2) cathedral started in 2010.[2] and it opened on December 18, 2011.[3]

The main worship space seats 1,200 with provision to use an overflow area bringing the total to 2,000. The building serves as a parish church, diocesan cathedral, private residence, meeting space, office building, library, archive storage, banquet hall and community centre. The building is designed in an anachronistic modernist style, which is not particularly contemporary, but seems to exemplify a late 1950s-60s attitude towards the future.[4]

Some of the cathedral stained glass windows are equipped with solar panels.[5] This makes the church the first in North America to make use of photovoltaic cells in a stained glass installation. The installation makes use of 1,000 solar cells embedded in 54 panels.[6]


  1. ^ "Frequently asked Questions" (PDF). Diocese of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  2. ^ "Cross put in place on new Holy Family Cathedral and Catholic Pastoral Centre" (PDF) (Press release). Diocese of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-02-18.[dead link]
  3. ^ Yaworski, Kiply Luwan (January 11, 2012). "Saskatoon makes the transition to new cathedral". The Catholic Register. Toronto. Retrieved 2022-07-17.
  4. ^ "Further Thoughts on the Projected Saskatoon Cathedral". New Liturgical Movement. July 14, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2022.
  5. ^ "Cathedral Features". Diocese of Saskatoon. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  6. ^ Warren, Jeremy (April 23, 2011). "Let there be light". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2022-07-17.