Saint Boniface Cathedral
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|Saint Boniface Cathedral|
Saint Boniface Cathedral façade, 2007. The empty stone ring was once occupied by a large stained glass window, which was destroyed during the 1968 fire, leaving the frame vacant.
|Location||Saint Boniface, Canada|
It is an important building in Winnipeg, and is the principal church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Boniface, serving the eastern part of Manitoba province as well as the local Franco-Manitoban community. The basilica sits in the centre of the city at 190 avenue de la Cathédrale, Saint Boniface.
The first church on the site was founded by Fr. Norbert Provencher, a priest and future bishop, who ordered its construction in 1818 in the form of a small log chapel. In 1832 Bishop Provencher built the first cathedral but on December 14, 1860, a fire destroyed the first building. In 1862, Bishop Alexandre Antonin Taché rebuilt the cathedral in stone.
20th century rebuilding
By 1900, St. Boniface was the fifth largest city in the West and needed a larger cathedral. Local contractors Senecal and Smith were engaged to build a new cathedral to plans by Montreal architect Jean-Omer Marchand. On August 15, 1906, Monsignor Louis-Philippe Adelard Langevin dedicated the cathedral, which became one of the most imposing churches in Western Canada.
On July 22, 1968, the 1906 cathedral was damaged in a fire, destroying many features including the rose window. Only the facade, sacristy, and the walls of the old church were saved and stored.
The Institute for stained glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at St Boniface Cathedral.
Notable people connected with the cathedral
Notable people buried in the cathedral include:
- "Institute for stained glass in Canada". Retrieved November 16, 2011.
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