On Monday, May 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone conducted a tour of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption for more than 35 students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, marking the 50th anniversary of the Cathedral. The tour was arranged by the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship.

Nikolaus Hohmann, chairman of Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, offered expert insights into the art and architecture of this great Cathedral. The event was videotaped for archival purposes and video clips and photos will be available to the media.

“Shortly after the new Cathedral was built, Dorothy Day reminded us all that there is a hunger for beauty as well as for bread, and that the beauty of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption is as accessible to the homeless in the Tenderloin as it is to the mayor of San Francisco,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. “This great Cathedral in the heart of this great city is a treasure for all and a witness to God’s grace. I’m very happy to be sharing it with students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, another San Francisco treasure.”

“St. Mary’s Cathedrial is one of the most iconic landmarks of San Francisco, still striking in its modernity after 50 years. Its soaring interior is considered one of the most extraordinary interior spaces in all of modern architecture and one of the great engineering accomplishments of its time,” said Hohmann. “This is an opportunity for Conservatory students to experience and appreciate one of the great artistic, cultural and religious monuments of San Francisco.”

Hohmann’s essay “The First Cathedral in the World Built Since Vatican II” was just published in CatholicArtsToday.com.

In 2017, Architectural Digest named the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption one of the 10 most beautiful churches in the United States.

For more on the cathedral’s 50th anniversary, see CalCatholic story Saint Mary’s cathedral to mark 50th anniversary