It was 1997 when the Cathedral of St. Joseph was granted the designation of minor basilica, which was considered an honor to the history of the church. Churches granted the designation of minor basilica must meet certain requirements concerning their artistic, historic, and pastoral significance. The entire community was honored, and the pride extended beyond the Catholic community. The history of this church began in 1803 and it has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The building is considered a work of art and inside of the cathedral are a variety of artworks including paintings, stained glass windows, the Stations of the Cross, and a variety of statues. In addition to the visual arts, the cathedrals music program is part of its art culture and includes a variety of concert performances and liturgical events. The church supports a variety of causes like help for the homeless, the urban poor, and the unemployed, as well as helping those who are struggling with the cost of living in the area. Those with a desire to be married in the church must establish a relationship with the cathedral. Couples not living in the area can participate in the parish nearest their home and speak with cathedral officials about planning a ceremony at St. Joseph.