Holy Oils Ambry

The Ambry stands in the east corner of the Cathedral's north transept. Originally, the carved marble sections were tabernacles on the side altars. In renovations that took place in 2000, Monsignor William O'Neill, the rector of the Cathedral, had them fitted with doors and inlaid granite to create the Ambry. The three bronze doors were crafted in Como, Italy and the compartments are lined with granite from Poland. Vessels containing Holy Oils are stored in the Ambry. The oils are blessed each year during Holy Week at a special Chrism Mass. After the Mass, priests carry oils to each parish for use when anointing the sick, newly baptized, and newly confirmed members of the Church. The oil is also used for consecrating altars for ordination to the priesthood, and during Confirmation.