St. Augustine Cathedral, TucsonName of Church St. Augustine Cathedral

Address 192 S. Stone Ave., Tucson AZ 85701

Phone number 520-623-6351


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. (Spanish), 10 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. (Spanish).  Weekdays, 7 a.m. & noon.  Saturday, 7 a.m. (Spanish).  Holy days, 7 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. (Spanish).

Confessions Saturdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Names of priests Father Gonzalo Villegas, rector.  Father Emilio Chapa, parochial vicar.

School No.

Special groups and activities Youth Group, Adult Bible Study, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, LEAP (young adult group)

Music Cantors and choirs (including a children’s choir), depends on the Mass.

Fellow parishioners English-speaking with a large Hispanic population.
Parking It has a pretty big lot in the back, as well as parking across the street.

Acoustics  Great.

Cry room No.

Parish bulletin Available online.

Additional observations  The Cathedral of St. Augustine is a beautiful old church in downtown Tucson.  The parish was established in 1866; the church was completed in 1868, and rebuilt in 1897.  In 1928, its brick structure was transformed into its present Mexican baroque form.  With the exception of the towers and façade, the current church was rebuilt in 1968.  The façade features the coat of arms of Pope Pius XI, who was pope at the time it was constructed.

A central feature of its interior is a 17-foot tall, 2,000 lb. Pamplona crucifix, which was carved in Spain more than 600 years ago.  Other interior features include stained glass windows featuring symbols of the Apostles, paintings of Old Testament heroes such as Daniel, David, Isaiah and Ezekiel, a portion of the church dedicated to images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a Good Shepherd mosaic over one of the side altars.  The high ceilings give it a wide open feeling, and, as it is the diocesan cathedral, you’ll see the bishop’s chair there.

One of its nicest features is its newly completed vestibule area, which features a wall to ceiling mural with 18 saints and holy people who served the poor (including St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Teresa).  The cathedral has been undergoing a renovation, murals of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and blessing children have been recently added.