Holy Rosary Cathedral (Regina, Saskatchewan)

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Holy Rosary Cathedral
Holy Rosary Cathedral in 2008
50°26′42″N 104°37′35″W / 50.445028°N 104.626426°W / 50.445028; -104.626426Coordinates: 50°26′42″N 104°37′35″W / 50.445028°N 104.626426°W / 50.445028; -104.626426
Location Regina, Saskatchewan
Country Canada
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Holy Rosary Cathedral
Authorising papal bull 1910
Founded November 11, 1911 (1911-11-11)
Consecrated June 29, 1913
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Regina Heritage Holding Bylaw List
Designated 1989
Architect(s) Joseph Fortin
Style Romanesque Revival
Groundbreaking Dec. 8, 1912
Completed 1917
Construction cost $135,000
Length 200 feet (61 m)
Height 90 feet (27 m)
Number of spires 2
Diocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina
Archbishop sede vacante
Rector Reverend Father Lorne Crozon, Diocesan Administrator

Holy Rosary Cathedral at 13th Avenue and Garnet Street in Regina, Saskatchewan, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.


Blessing of Holy Rosary Cathedral, 1913

Construction began in 1912 and the cornerstone was blessed by the Apostolic Delegate to Canada, Archbishop Peregrin-François Stagni, O.S.M.[1] on 30 June 1913 before an assembly of approximately 2000 people. The building was completed in 1917.[2][3]

It was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by the firm of Joseph Fortin of Montreal, who also designed the Roman Catholic cathedrals of St. Paul's in Saskatoon and Our Lady of Assumption in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.[4] Modelled after churches in northern France, it is faced in yellow brick with limestone accents. Smith Brothers & Wilson oversaw construction and the final cost was $135,000.[3]


The interior of the church has been extensively redecorated five times:

  • 1928
  • 1951 - 43 stained glass windows by André Rault were installed[3]
  • 1968 - A more fundamental renovation to conform with the directives of the Second Vatican Council. The high altar at the east end of the choir was dismantled and a nave altar installed at the crossing. The choir was converted into a chapel.
  • 1976 - A disastrous fire occurred April 12. In the months following the fire the Cathedral was unusable and masses were held in the neighbouring Westminster United Church.
  • 1992 - The opaque screen separating the nave from the choir was removed and the main altar restored to a position in the choir closer to the site of the original high altar in the former sanctuary.

The light and airy interior of the cathedral is decorated sparingly in keeping with Canadian aesthetic sensibilities. The Institute for stained glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at Holy Rosary Cathedral.[5]


Casavant Frères of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec constructed and installed the gallery organ in 1930, to replace a large reed organ. It underwent extensive repairs after the 1976 fire, and was renovated again in 1992–1993 after which it was named The McGuigan Organ in honour of Sister Marion McGuigan, a much loved local humanitarian and educator.[3]

Sacred Heart Academy[edit]

The former Sacred Heart Academy, now converted to private strata title residences, also houses diocesan offices.

Immediately to the west of the Cathedral, across the closed Garnet Street, is the building that formerly housed Sacred Heart Academy, a girls' high school operated by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions,[6] who also conducted music tuition for music students from across the city. The Sisters, whose numbers were waning, closed the school in 1969.

The building has now been converted to strata title and sold as townhouses, but the Archdiocese has retained a portion of the east basement, once the piano studios, for offices.


  1. ^ "Apostolic Nunciature: Canada". GCatholic.org. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  2. ^ Adamson, Julia (16 Feb 2013). "Saskatchewan Roman Catholic Churches ~ Online Parish Registers ~ History". Saskatchewan Gen Web. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2013-02-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "The History of Holy Rosary Cathedral". Holy Rosary Cathedral. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Regina Walking Tours: Cathedral Area" (PDF). City of Regina. 2007. p. 20. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Holy Rosary Cathedral, 1913". Institute for Stained Glass in Canada. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  6. ^ "Our History: Regina, Saskatchewan, 1905". Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. Retrieved 2015-06-09. In 1913 the Sisters were hired to teach in the Regina Separate Elementary School, at Holy Rosary School, and in 1924 they began teaching at St Mary’s School. 

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