Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

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Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral
St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.jpg
Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral (Green Bay, Wisconsin) is located in Wisconsin
Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
Location in Wisconsin
44°30′41″N 88°00′42″W / 44.5114°N 88.0116°W / 44.5114; -88.0116Coordinates: 44°30′41″N 88°00′42″W / 44.5114°N 88.0116°W / 44.5114; -88.0116
Location South Monroe Avenue
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website www.sfxcathedralgb.com
History
Status Cathedral
Founded 1851
Dedication November 20, 1881
Architecture
Style Romanesque Revival
Completed 1881 [1]
Construction cost $35,000
Specifications
Number of spires Two
Materials Brick
Administration
Diocese Green Bay
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. David Ricken
Rector Rev. Joseph Dorner

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The cathedral was named in honor of St. Francis Xavier.

The cathedral was planned and erected between 1876 and 1881 under the episcopate of Francis Xavier Krautbauer. It was designed on the pattern of Ludwigskirche, a landmark church in the center of Munich, Germany. Krautbauer ordered a monumental crucifixion painted by Johann Schmitt, a local German-descent painter of the Nazarene movement.[2][3] Krautbauer was buried under the cathedral's floor.[4]

The cathedral began receiving a series of 18 restorations starting in 2014.[1] It closed in September 2017 and was reopened at a 9:00 mass on Sunday December 3, 2017.[1] 2017 Repairs include the floors, pews, paintings, and pipe organ.[4]

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Crucifixion painted by Johann Schmitt
Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral Interior before restorations