Tours of the Cathedral

This rewarding Ministry is an Outreach effort to welcome visitors both Catholic and non-Catholic to St. John's Cathedral, the only Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Diocese of Idaho.  The structure as we know it today was begun in November 1906 with the laying of the cornerstone, which is visible today, and was completed and dedicated in 1921.

Seeing a need for offering Docent-led Tours for groups and visitors, parishioner Michael Kurdy founded the Docent Ministry in 2002. He collaborated with parishioner Charles Hummel in 2003 to research, write, and assemble a Docents Manual that includes the basics of "everything you wanted to know about the history and construction of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Boise ID." 

Docents enjoy sharing the beautiful Cathedral with scheduled groups and Sunday visitors. Membership in the Ministry is available to adult parishioners who make a commitment to study the Docent Manual, to attend at least one training session, and are comfortable answering questions and interacting with visitors. Proselytizing is not a part of the Ministry. To gain experience, new Docents may pair up with an experienced member to lead a Sunday Tour.  Each Docent is asked to serve in four Tours or more during the year.

Group Tours: Ministry offers customized tours on weekdays and Saturdays. We frequently give group tours to church groups of all denominations, public, private, and parochial school groups of all ages, college classes, family reunion groups, and choirs who always want to experience singing in the Cathedral with its perfect acoustics.

Contact Groups Chairman: Michael Kurdy in Boise at  344-8726

Sunday Tours: Docents are on duty at regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon Architectural Tours which are available to drop-in visitors from 3:00-4:30 pm. These Tours focus on the Cathedral's stained glass windows, the Romanesque architectural style, the construction materials, the artwork and symbolism, the 1979 renovation, and some of the Cathedral's history. Check our Google Calendar for the date you are interested in if you would like to make sure the tour is scheduled on your selected date.  

Contact Ministry Chairman for membership: Tom Mannschreck in Boise   
or Ministry Aide:  Pat Minkiewicz in Eagle  208-939-5642


A Virtual Mini-Tour of the Cathedral


Looking back from front, showing Organ Pipes and St. Cecilia window




The physical address of our Cathedral is: 807 N. 8th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702 (on the corner of 8th and Hays St. just north of downtown Boise). 
The mailing address for the Cathedral is: 707 N. 8th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702 (Our parish office is located on the corner of 8th and Franklin one block south of the Cathedral). 


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