Cathedral building is the third church on this site. It
was completed in 1935 and was built using a 15th century Norman
Gothic style. The present building replaced a marble church that
was built in 1905. Prior to 1905 a converted public school
building, which stood on this site, served the parish of St.
Agnes. A rented hall on the corner of Observer Street,
present day Sunrise Highway, and Village Avenue was used for
Sunday Mass from 1890 to 1891 and prior to 1890 a Blacksmith
Shop on Centre Avenue was used by a small group of Catholics
living in the area.
Cathedral underwent a major renovation that began in 1981 and
was completed in early 1982. This renovation brought the
Cathedral into conformity with post Vatican II recommendations
as well as those of the Bishops of the United States, regarding
the purpose and designs of cathedrals.
Beginning in 2015 and
completing in 2016, the interior of the Cathedral underwent a
major restoration and renovation effort in accord with recent
directives from both the Holy See and the U.S. bishops. Chief
among the restoration aspects of the project is a renewed
emphasis on the presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament
reserved in the tabernacle. Chief among the changes is a
return of the tabernacle to its original position at the center
of the sanctuary under a new baldachino, moving the Bishop's
chair to the left, the ambo to the right side of the sanctuary,
lowering of the altar one step and repositioning the Organ
Console and Piano to the nave floor. Other changes include
moving the Pieta to the side chapel, installing a new altar in
the side chapel and new furnishings for the sanctuary.
Additional work was also
begun in 2016 on the exterior of the cathedral to repair,
reinforce and clean the facade of the builidng.
Today, the Cathedral serves both the
people of God in Rockville Centre and is the seat for the
Diocese of Rockville Centre encompassing Nassau and Suffolk
Counties on Long Island, New York.
"LORD, I love the house where you dwell,
the tenting-place of your glory".
Cathedral Tour is presented in three sections - A tour of the
Cathedral building itself, a second tour devoted specifically to
the Windows of St. Agnes and a third section for the Holy Cross
Chapel located in the Ministries Building. A fourth section
is devoted to the San Damiano Crucifix which was installed in
the Parish Center in 2009.
Windows of St. Agnes
HERE to begin your
guided tour of the Cathedral Building
if you wish to take a self guided tour of the Cathedral
Click HERE if you wish to take a self guided tour of the
Holy Cross Chapel
HERE to tour the Holy Cross Chapel
HERE to view the San Damiano
thanks goes to parishioners Kieran Maelia and John Kearns, who have supplied
many of the pictures found in this tour as well as the photos found throughout this website. These photos
have been instrumental in showing the fine detail of many
different aspects of the cathedral and their donation of
time and talent have greatly enriched our parish website.