All are welcome into our Cathedral to pray and experience the sacred beauty. However, the most rewarding way to experience the Cathedral is through a scheduled tour. All tours generally take one hour.
Tours of the Cathedral and Museum are free. However, we do suggest an individual donation of $5 to the Cathedral Preservation Society. Your contribution helps to maintain our tour docent ministry and to keep the Cathedral beautiful for future generations.
PUBLIC GUIDED TOURS
Public Guided tours of the Cathedral are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10am. These times are subject to change due to the liturgical schedule and the availability of a docent. Please all ahead for confirmation.
Self-guided tour booklets are available in the vestibule of the Cathedral for a donation of $5. These are also for sale in our Museum and Gift Shop located in the Cathedral Center.
Private tours are available upon request. Please use the form below to request your individual tour plan.
LARGE GROUPS AND CHARTERED BUSES
All tour groups, chartered buses, and pilgrim groups larger than 15 MUST reserve a time for both self-guided and private tours. This will insure that the Cathedral is available for your group to enter. Please use the form provided.
The Cathedral Museum, located inside the Cathedral Center, features memorabilia of the early bishops of the diocese and pastors of the Cathedral, historical documents, liturgical vestments, and vessels of the pre-Vatican II era. The museum also commemorates the persons and events that contributed to the history of St. John Cathedral Parish which spans 185 years. Included in the exhibit are the official diocesan and papal documents which established both the parish in 1821 and the diocese in 1918. In addition to photographs and books of priests who have served in the parish are memorabilia of four notable persons who are buried in the church or its cemetery: Bishop Jeanmard, first bishop of Lafayette; Bishop Schexnayder, second bishop of Lafayette; Bishop Gerald Frey, third bishop of Lafayette; and Ambassador Jefferson Caffery, ambassador to France.