Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Memphis, Tennessee)

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Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Memphis, Tennessee) is located in Tennessee
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Memphis, Tennessee)
35°7′33″N 90°0′19″W / 35.12583°N 90.00528°W / 35.12583; -90.00528
Location 1695 Central Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Founded 1921
Architect(s) Richard J. Regan
Style Romanesque Revival
Spanish Colonial Revival
Completed 1938
Materials Brick
Diocese Diocese of Memphis
Bishop(s) Most Rev. J. Terry Steib
Rector Rev. Valentine N. Handwerker

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic cathedral in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Memphis.


Immaculate Conception Parish[edit]

Immaculate Conception parish was established by Bishop Thomas Sebastian Byrne of the Diocese of Nashville in 1921. It was the ninth parish in Memphis.[1] Msgr. Dennis J. Murphy was the appointed as the parish’s first pastor. He built a three-story brick building that served as a combination church and school. It continues to serve the parish today as its school building. The Sisters of Mercy made up the school’s first faculty.

Construction of the present church building was begun in 1927. Richard J. Regan of Regan and Weller Architects was chosen to design the church. The lower crypt was initially built and used as the church for ten years before the upper church was built. The church was dedicated on July 31, 1938.[1] The parish’s second pastor, Msgr. Francis D. Grady, had the decorative design work completed on the church’s interior. Msgr. Merlin F. Kearney had the high school buildings east of the church built in the 1950s and 1960s. Immaculate Conception High School for girls was also begun at this time.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception[edit]

Pope Paul VI established the Diocese of Memphis in January 6, 1971.[2] Immaculate Conception was named as the new diocese’s cathedral. A major renovation of the cathedral was completed in 2001 and was dedicated by Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD on December 8 of that year. In 2011 there were 800 families in the parish and 430 students in the school[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Cathedral Parish History". Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Memphis". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 

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Coordinates: 35°07′33″N 90°00′19″W / 35.125833°N 90.005278°W / 35.125833; -90.005278 (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Memphis)