Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Winona, Minnesota)

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
SacredHeartCathedralWinonaMN.jpg
The cathedral in 2014
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Winona, Minnesota) is located in Minnesota
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Winona, Minnesota)
44°02′54″N 91°38′22″W / 44.0484°N 91.6395°W / 44.0484; -91.6395Coordinates: 44°02′54″N 91°38′22″W / 44.0484°N 91.6395°W / 44.0484; -91.6395
Location360 Main St.
Winona, Minnesota
CountryUnited States
DenominationRoman Catholic
Websitewww.cascwinona.org
History
StatusCathedral
Founded1952
DedicationSacred Heart of Jesus
Architecture
StyleGothic Revival
Completed1952
Specifications
Number of spiresOne
MaterialsLimestone
Administration
DioceseWinona-Rochester
Clergy
Bishop(s)Most Rev. John M. Quinn
RectorFr. Mark McNea

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester.[1] The cathedral is located in Winona, Minnesota, United States, on Minnesota State Highway 43 near downtown.

History[edit]

Cathedral interior

Sacred Heart parish was established in 1952. It was a merger between St. Thomas and St. Joseph parishes whose facilities stood four blocks apart.

The Pro-Cathedral of St. Thomas was established as the city's first parish in 1857.[2] Minnesota's first bishop, the Rt. Rev. Joseph Cretin, had celebrated the first recorded Mass in town the previous year and sent the Rev. Thomas Murray to organize the parish. St. Thomas parish had two church buildings in its history, the second of which was completed in the early 1870s. It became the pro-cathedral when the Diocese of Winona was established in 1889 and its pastor, the Rev. Joseph Cotter, was named the first bishop of Winona.

St. Joseph parish was established in 1862 to serve the spiritual needs of Winona's German Catholics.[3] It also had two church buildings in its history, the second of which was completed in the early 1880s.

As the diocese grew, it was determined that St. Thomas was not an adequate facility for a cathedral. A fund drive to build a new cathedral was initiated in 1944. On June 15, 1950 the Holy See approved the petition to merge the two parishes.[2] At the time of their merger St. Thomas had about 600 households and St. Joseph had more than 300.[2][3] The parish was established in 1952 when the present cathedral was completed.[4] Sacred Heart and St. Casimir parishes have subsequently been clustered. St. Casimir's was founded in 1905 from St. Stanislaus Kostka parish.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cathedral of the Sacred Heart". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  2. ^ a b c "St. Thomas Parish". Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  3. ^ a b "St. Joseph Parish". Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  4. ^ "Cathedral of the Sacred Heart". Emporis. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  5. ^ "St. Casimir Parish". Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-09.

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