Our Lady of Victory Cathedral (Victoria, Texas)
|Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory|
|Location||1309 Mesquite Lane|
|Dedication||Our Lady of Victory|
|Number of spires||One|
|Diocese||Victoria in Texas|
|Bishop(s)||Most Rev. Brendan J. Cahill|
|Rector||Rev. Gary W. Janak|
Our Lady of Victory Parish can trace its roots to 1956 when the families of Thomas O'Connor Sr. and Martin O'Connor donated 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land for a new Catholic parish. The cornerstone for the present church was laid on April 7, 1957 by Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of San Antonio and it was consecrated on November 4 the following year. Our Lady of Victory Catholic School opened in September 1957.
The initial planning for the parish and the construction of the buildings was done by Msgr. Frederick O'Beck who was the pastor at St. Mary's in Victoria. The Rev. Henry Rolf was named the first pastor on July 12, 1958. The parish was officially established the following day.
In 2009 the parish acquired the former Town Plaza Mall located next door to the parish property. The former J.C. Penney store was converted into The Cathedral Center. It houses the parish hall and meeting rooms that are used for receptions, conferences, and various parish programs. Victoria architectural firm Rawley McCoy & Associates is the architect for the project. Other parts of the facility will be renovated in the future.
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