Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude

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Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral
Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude is located in Arizona
Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude
33°31′47.28″N 112°6′58.32″W / 33.5298000°N 112.1162000°W / 33.5298000; -112.1162000
Location 6351 N. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Website www.simonjude.org
History
Founded May 15, 1953
Dedication Saint Simon the Zealot
Saint Jude Thaddeus
Dedicated December 11, 1966
Architecture
Style Modern
Completed 1966
Specifications
Number of spires One
Materials Brick
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Phoenix
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
Rector Rev. John Lankeit

The Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

History[edit]

The parish was established by Bishop Daniel James Gercke on May 15, 1953 when it was still part of the Diocese of Tucson. The founding pastor was Reverend Paul Smith, a native from Ireland, who brought with him the Sisters of Loreto. Fr. Smith celebrated Masses in the Maryland School while a temporary church was built. It was dedicated on October 17, 1954. The current building was dedicated on December 11, 1966, and became a cathedral with the formation of the Diocese of Phoenix in 1969, elevated to cathedral status under Pope Paul VI.

The current rector is the Very Rev. John Lankeit ()and the cathedral is overseen by the current bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. The Auxiliary Bishop is Bishop Eduardo Alanis Nevares (ordained July 19, 2010).

Adjacent to the cathedral is the Saints Simon and Jude Catholic School. Other buildings on the campus of the school include the Mary Ward House. Standing in front of the cathedral is a large cross over a dome-like structure that stood over the temporary altar where Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass when he visited Phoenix.

Rectors[edit]

  • Rev. Paul P. Smith, 1953 - ????
  • Rev Michael McGovern  ?????-????
  • Rev. Paul P. Smith ????-1987
  • Monsignor Richard Moyer 1987-1990 .
  • Monsigonor Michael O'Grady,1990–2005
  • Rev. Robert Clements, July 1, 2005–2010
  • Rev. John Lankeit, 2010–present

Saints Simon and Jude Elementary School[edit]

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, staffed by the Sisters of Loreto. The school was founded in 1954 by Bishop Daniel J. Gerke of Tucson and Reverend Paul P. Smith. On August 20, 1954, four Sisters of Loreto from the Order of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I.B.V.M.) arrived from Navan, Ireland to staff the new school.

Historic Visitors[edit]

Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral on September 14, 1987.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta also visited the cathedral in May 1989.

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Coordinates: 33°31′47″N 112°06′58″W / 33.5298°N 112.1162°W / 33.5298; -112.1162