Our Lady of Assumption Co-Cathedral

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Our Lady of Assumption Co-Cathedral
La Cathédrale, Gravelbourg, SK.jpg
La Cathédrale
49°52′20.6″N 106°33′26.3″W / 49.872389°N 106.557306°W / 49.872389; -106.557306Coordinates: 49°52′20.6″N 106°33′26.3″W / 49.872389°N 106.557306°W / 49.872389; -106.557306
LocationGravelbourg, Saskatchewan
DenominationRoman Catholic
Former name(s)Église Sainte-Philomène
Church of Saint Philomena
Authorising papal bullJanuary 31, 1930[1]
FoundedJuly 27, 1930 (as Cathedral)
Functional statusActive
Heritage designation
Official nameGravelbourg Ecclesiastical Buildings
Architect(s)Joseph-Ernest Fortin
StyleRomanesque Revival
Construction cost$287,515.00[2]
Length54.8 metres (180 ft)[3]
Width25.9 metres (85 ft)
Nave width15.8 metres (52 ft)
Height19.8 metres (65 ft)
Number of spires2
Spire height53.3 metres (175 ft)[3]
MaterialsBrick with stone trim, steel frame
DioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina

Our Lady of Assumption Co-Cathedral or the Co-Cathédrale de Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption is located in the Canadian prairie town of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.


The cathedral of the francophone former Roman Catholic Diocese of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, for sixty-eight years, and originally dedicated to St. Philomena, the parish church of Gravelbourg became the Cathedral of St. Philomena July 27, 1930[1] and was renamed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in 1965. On September 14, 1998, Pope John Paul II suppressed the Diocese, merging it with the Archdiocese of Regina—a reflection of the steady depopulating of rural Saskatchewan. Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral was then designated a co-cathedral of the archdiocese.


Interior of the Cathedral

According to the Archdiocese of Regina website,

"The architect, J. E. Fortin of Montreal, chose a style that combines Romanesque and Italian Renaissance. The church measures 54.8 metres in length, 25.9 metres in width at the transept, 15.8 metre in the nave and is 19.8 metres in height. It accommodates up to 1,500 people. Twin towers at the west end are capped with cupolas rising to a height of 53.3 metres. The building is steel frame with outer walls of tan-coloured brick trimmed with Indiana stone. Construction began in 1918 and the Most Reverend O. E. Mathieu, Archbishop of Regina, consecrated the completed structure on November 5, 1919. The interior decoration is entirely by Msgr. Charles Maillard, pastor of Gravelbourg, who carried out the work over a period of ten years from 1921 to 1931. The nave interior was altered in the 1960s to bring the church into conformity with the liturgical requirements issued by the Second Vatican Council."[4]

The Institute for stained glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at Our Lady of Assumption Co-Cathedral.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Archdiocese of Regina : a history (Gravelbourg)". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  2. ^ "Gravelbourg`s Virtual Co-Cathedral (A beautiful new church)". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. ^ a b "Historical Notes on Our Lady of the Assumption Co-Cathedral". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  4. ^ Archdiocese of Regina website. Archived 2008-06-19 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Institute for stained glass in Canada". Retrieved November 16, 2011.

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