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The current 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.  

The 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".
Ps. 26:8  

The 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.

   Cathedral Windows of St. Agnes Cathedral  
  Click HERE to begin your guided tour of the Cathedral Building
Click HERE if you wish to take a self guided tour of the Cathedral Building

Click HERE if you wish to take a self guided tour of the Windows
  Holy Cross Chapel Parish Center  
  Click HERE to tour the Holy Cross Chapel Click HERE to view the San Damiano Crucifix  

 Sincere 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.


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