On the 8th of July 1950, St. Joseph's Private Day School was brought to life and was named after this cathedral.
Lucknow is a treasure trove of many historically significant structures and venues but what makes this city truly diverse, is the potpourri of cultures which is associated with it. You'll find diversity at every nook and corner of Lucknow, which truly paints this City of the Nawabs in warm shades of cordial acceptance. Similarly, as much as the Bada Imambada in Chowk or the Hanuman Mandir at the University Road is an integral part of it's identity, so is the Cathedral Church in Hazratganj!
What's the Story?
Way back in 1858, the initial steps of setting up this church was undertaken by Fr. William Gleeson, who was an Irish priest and stories state, that he had bought a plot of land here in Hazratganj which used to be wrapped in nothing but wilderness in that era. So during 1860. after a span of two years, this cathedral was built by him and was dedicated to St. Joseph and on the 10th of May, the church was blessed by Bishop Anastasius Hartmann. Father Gleeson had also built a boundary wall and a priest's house here and the charge of the place was handed over to Reverend Father Felix O.F.M., Captain of Turin.
In 1885, Rev. Fr. Norbert, O.F.M. Cap. of Tossignano, had began teaching two pupils here and soon enough, he had realised the pressing need of education around the city. That's how, one of the esteemed institutions of Lucknow, St. Francis School along with an orphanage had come into existence in 1890.
This cathedral has become synonymous to Lucknow's identity and during holy days of Sunday, Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Christmas, you'll see a substantial amount of crowd present here!
So when in Lucknow, it is almost impossible to skip out on viewing this towering and sprawling structure, which has contributed immensely to the repute of Hazratganj. No matter what your religious inclination is, whenever around, after the lockdown concludes, do take a walk inside of the premises here. And if you're lucky enough, you might even be able to step inside the church building which is nothing but regal in its own terms and it immediately gives you a sense of solace among the urban rush of the locale. Keep your cameras handy for this one!