Saturday, May 26, 2007

Cathedral of St Paul Timeline

Log chapel built on Mississippi riverfront and named for St. Paul.

1851 The log chapel becomes the first Cathedral of St. Paul after arrival of Bishop Joseph Cretin.

1858 First mass is celebrated at the third cathedral.

1888 Rome creates the Archdiocese of St. Paul, and John Ireland becomes its first archbishop.

1896 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, later known as F. Scott Fitzgerald, is baptized at the Cathedral.

1904 Ireland decides to build a new cathedral on St. Anthony Hill, overlooking downtown St. Paul, and selects Emmanuel Masqueray as architect.

1907 Cornerstone is laid for the new cathedral.

1915 Ireland celebrates the first mass in the new cathedral, before congregation of 2,500.

1958 With interior work essentially complete, the cathedral is consecrated by Archbishop William Brady.

1962 Two weeks before the Cuban missile crisis, John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president, attends Sunday mass at the cathedral.

1987 Five new bells are installed.

2000 $25 million restoration project begins to restore the copper dome and clean the cathedral's exterior.

2002 A new cross is installed on the cathedral dome, marking the end of the restoration project.

Centennial Celebration Plans

The Story of the Cathedral of St Paul

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