Cathedral Church of St. John (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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Cathedral Church of St. John
Cathedral Church of St. John (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is located in New Mexico
Cathedral Church of St. John (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
35°04′56.2″N 106°39′6.54″W / 35.082278°N 106.6518167°W / 35.082278; -106.6518167
Location 318 Silver Avenue SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Country United States
Denomination Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Founded 1882
Dedicated November 11, 1952
Architect(s) John Gaw Meem
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1951
Completed 1952
Diocese Diocese of the Rio Grande
Bishop(s) Rt. Rev. Michael Louis Vono
Dean Very Rev. J. Mark Goodman

The Cathedral Church of St. John is an Episcopal cathedral located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of the Rio Grande.


St. John's was begun in 1882.[1] Land was purchased at the intersection of at the Fourth Street and Silver Avenue for $5,000 where they built its first church building.[2] The first service in the stone and brick structure was held in November 1882. The Rt. Rev. George Kelly Dunlop led the service, which was attended by 33 people. The Vestry of St. John’s passed a resolution and the Convocation of 1920 approved the designation of St. John’s as the cathedral church of the Missionary District of New Mexico and Southwest Texas for a one-year trial. Three years later new canons were adopted and the designation became official.

The Very. Rev. Henry R.A. O’Malley became dean and raised $25,000 for the Cathedral House, which was to house offices for the parish and the Missionary District.[2] It was designed by Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem and its cornerstone was placed on Easter Sunday, 1930.[3] Meem was retained again in 1950 to design the new cathedral to replace the old church. The ground breaking was held the day after Easter in 1951 and the first services in the new cathedral were held on October 5, 1952. It was dedicated on November 11, 1952.


  1. ^ "About Us". Cathedral Church of St. John. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Diocese". Diocese of the Rio Grande. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
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