Cathedral News

Mass for Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones through Opiate Overdose - On Sunday, May 28, at the 5:30 Mass, we invite all who have lost loved ones through opiate overdose to join in prayer at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South 5th Street.  Opiate-related deaths are of epidemic proportions.  Much more poignant than the staggering statistics are the loved ones we mourn.  Each death is a loss experienced by so many.  Please come join us in worship as we lift up those we mourn into the tender care of our loving Father and as we ask for God’s comfort and healing and the empowerment to be comforters and healers to one another.   


Cathedral featured in music video of "Say a Prayer."  Click here to view.   




Cathedral's Daily Lunch Program to be honored.  Click here to read Sheldon Shafer's article that appeared in the Courier Journal on May 10.





Our Cathedral Parish Nurse E.A. Cole has been chosen as “2017 CHM Faith Community Nurse of the Year!” Norton Healthcare defines a Parish Nurse as a “registered professional nurse who is actively licensed in a given state and who serves as a member of the staff of a faith community. The faith community nurse promotes wholeness of the faith community, its groups, families, and individual members through the practice of nursing as defined by that state's nurse practice act in jurisdiction in which the faith community nurse practices.” E.A. was chosen from the many outstanding Parish Nurses from our local community to receive this award.  E.A.’s faith filled dedication to the Cathedral, it’s ministries and community outreach, especially to those whose circumstances prevent them from being able to attend the Cathedral is an amazing gift to us.Thank you E.A. for bringing this honor to our Cathedral Parish!

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit

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Dr. Philip Brisson is Director of Music and Organist at the Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville, the oldest inland Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the country.  In addition to leading the Cathedral's traditional worship, he manages the Cathedral’s Kelty Endowed Concert Series which has further recognized the Cathedral for not only musical excellence in liturgy but also in outstanding organ performances.  Philip has led the Cathedral Choir on international concert tours to England, Ireland, Germany, and Austria.  This past summer, he was “Organist in Residence” at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England.  Locally, the Cathedral Choirs have performed with the Louisville Orchestra, have been featured on local television, and appear annually for a Christmas concert that has often included collaboration with Louisville’s Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral under the title “Christmas with the Cathedrals.”  

In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, Dr. Brisson is also Organist and Assistant Director of the Louisville Master Chorale, a new premier chorale ensemble which performs the great chorale literature with orchestra in its new home at the Cathedral of the Assumption.  Prior to his work with the LMC, he was Chorusmaster for the Kentucky Opera and prepared choruses for performances which included Puccini’s Turandot and Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Otello, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Massenet’s Werther, Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana; Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, and Donizetti’s, L'elisir d'Amore.

As an organ soloist, he has given recitals in 23 states, including Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA; Reno, NV; Manhattan, NY; Queens, NY; Geneva, NY; Rochester, NY; West Point, NY; Princeton, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Boise, ID; Columbus, IN, New Albany, IN; Omaha, NE; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Norman, OK; Dallas, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; Tucson AZ; Detroit, MI; Topeka, KS; Chattanooga, TN; McLean, VA; Wheeling, WV; Cedar Falls, IA; Hattiesburg, MS; and he has appeared with the Louisville Orchestra as guest soloist performing the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with Raymond Leppard conducting.  This past year, Philip was also a featured performer for the Region V AGO Convention in Lexington, KY and the NPM National Convention in Louisville, KY.

As a teacher, Dr. Brisson served on the faculty of Bellarmine University where he taught organ performance and a Church Music Internship at the Cathedral.  Until taking over the Kentucky Opera Chorus, he oversaw the choral program at Indiana University Southeast, where he conducted the Concert Choir, the Community Chorus, and taught choral conducting.  He has also presented workshops to the American Guild of Organists and to the National Association of Pastoral Musicians at both the regional and national level.  

Originally from New York City, Philip received his BM in Organ Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY.  While at Queens, he studied organ and conducting with Paul Maynard, the former director of the New York Pro Musica.  After being accepted into graduate organ performance programs at Juilliard, Indiana, and Michigan, Philip decided to attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he earned a Masters in Sacred Music.  While at Westminster, he studied organ with Robert Carwithen and choral conducting with Allen Crowell.  He was also fortunate to regularly sing under Joseph Flummerfelt in the Westminster Symphonic Choir which performed Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Hindemith’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.  In 2005, Philip earned a Doctorate in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied organ with David Higgs and received a choral conducting minor while studying conducting with William Weinert.

Philip Brisson is active in the American Guild of Organists, has served on the Louisville Chapter’s Executive Committee and has held both the Sub-Dean and Dean positions for the Guild.  He is also the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Organist Liaison for the Louisville Archdiocese, Membership Chairman of the Roman Catholic Conference of Cathedral Musicians, and is a member of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.  Dr. Brisson also founded the concert artist cooperative, which represents several prominent young American organists in the United States.