Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Rapid City, South Dakota)

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Cathedral of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Rapid City, South Dakota) is located in South Dakota
Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Rapid City, South Dakota)
44°3′34.85″N 103°13′37.99″W / 44.0596806°N 103.2272194°W / 44.0596806; -103.2272194
Location 606 Cathedral Drive
Rapid City, South Dakota
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Dedication May 7, 1963
Status Cathedral
Style Modern
Groundbreaking 1960
Completed 1962
Materials Brick
Diocese Rapid City
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Robert Gruss
Rector Rev. Mike Mulloy

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the cathedral church of the Catholic Church located in Rapid City, South Dakota, United States. It serves as the third mother church of the Diocese of Rapid City.


The Diocese of Rapid City was founded as the Diocese of Lead in 1902.[1] St. Patrick's Church in Lead served as the diocese's first cathedral.[2] The See city was transferred to Rapid City in 1930 and St. Mary's Church downtown was renamed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at that time.[3] The parish started to outgrow the cathedral church and Mass was held in the school gymnasium. Bishop William T. McCarty, C.Ss.R. initiated the process to build a new cathedral. The cathedral rector, Msgr. Michael Roach, oversaw the construction of the new church on land donated on the outskirts of Rapid City by Katherine Wapole in memory of her husband William.[3]

Groundbreaking for the new cathedral was held in 1960 and it was completed in 1962. It was placed under the patronage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, an icon housed in the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Rome. The cathedral was dedicated by Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, on May 7, 1963. The interior of the cathedral, designed in the Modernist style, features marble imported from Italy.[3]


  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "Diocese of Rapid City". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ "St. Patrick’s Church". GCatholic. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  3. ^ a b c "Remember when the new cathedral was built?" West River Catholic (April 2013)

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Coordinates: 44°03′35″N 103°13′38″W / 44.05968°N 103.22722°W / 44.05968; -103.22722