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The Paulist Fathers


Since 1894, The Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, more commonly known as the Paulist Fathers, has served here are Old St. Mary’s Cathedral & Chinese Mission.

Who are the Paulist Fathers?

The Paulist Fathers are a community of priests founded in 1858 by Servant of God, Father Isaac Thomas Hecker. The Paulist Fathers are the first religious congregation of Roman Catholic men established in the United States.  The Paulists came to San Francisco in 1894 and have been here ever sense.


What kind of ministry do the Paulist priests normally do?

The Paulist Fathers spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to North America, reach out to those who desire healing and reconciliation with the Church, actively work toward Christian unity and energetically engage in positive dialogue with faiths outside the Christian tradition. No matter what the venue – a parish setting, business community, a Catholic Information Center, or a downtown college campus – Paulist Fathers give the Word a voice by meeting the needs of people today.


How can I get more information about the Paulist Fathers?

Please feel free to talk with any of the Paulist Staff here at Old St. Mary’s or go to the Paulist website.

The Paulist Home Page:

Paulist History—

Founder: Fr. Isaac Hecker

Paulist Ministry –

Paulist Vocations

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