St. Stephen Cathedral (Owensboro, Kentucky)

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen Cathedral (Owensboro, Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
St. Stephen Cathedral (Owensboro, Kentucky)
37°46′10.94″N 87°6′57.09″W / 37.7697056°N 87.1158583°W / 37.7697056; -87.1158583
Location 610 Locust St.
Owensboro, Kentucky
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Website www.ststephencathedral.org
History
Founded 1839
Architecture
Style Italianate
Completed 1926
Specifications
Materials Brick
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Owensboro
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. William Medley
Rector Rev. Jerry Riney

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Owensboro.

History[edit]

In the early years of Daviess County priests would celebrate Mass in the homes of the settlers. The first St. Stephen’s Church in Owensboro was built in 1839 and the Rev. John C. Wathen was appointed the parish’s first pastor.[1] As the town and parish continued to grow a larger church was needed and so a second church was built on the same site as the first in 1856. The present church was built on Locust Street between 1924–1926. On December 9, 1937 Pope Pius XII established the Diocese of Owensboro.[2] St. Stephen’s was chosen as the new diocese’s cathedral. The first Bishop of Owensboro, Francis Ridgley Cotton, was consecrated in St. Stephen’s Cathedral on February 24, 1938.[3][1]

Catholic schools[edit]

The first school in Davis County was St. Francis Academy.[1] It was opened by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1849. The same year that St. Stephen’s became a cathedral, 1939, its first parish school opened on Frederica Streets with five grades. In 1951 Owensboro Catholic High School replaced St. Francis Academy. A new St. Stephen’s school opened in 1962 on Locust Street. The parochial schools in Owensboro consolidated in 1989 and used the building at St. Angela Merici for the new school. That same year a preschool opened at St. Stephen’s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Us". St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Owensboro". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Bishop Francis Ridgley Cotton". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°46′11″N 87°06′57″W / 37.769706°N 87.115844°W / 37.769706; -87.115844 (St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Owensboro)