St. Stephen Cathedral (Owensboro, Kentucky)

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St. Stephen Cathedral
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St. Stephen Cathedral (Owensboro, Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
St. Stephen Cathedral (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Location in Kentucky
37°46′11″N 87°06′57″W / 37.7697°N 87.1158°W / 37.7697; -87.1158Coordinates: 37°46′11″N 87°06′57″W / 37.7697°N 87.1158°W / 37.7697; -87.1158
Location 610 Locust St.
Owensboro, Kentucky
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Founded 1839
Style Italianate
Completed 1926
Materials Brick
Diocese Diocese of Owensboro
Bishop(s) Most Rev. William Medley
Rector Rev. Jerry Riney

St. Stephen Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Owensboro.


In the early years of Daviess County priests would celebrate Mass in the homes of the settlers. The first church dedicated to St. Stephen in Owensboro was built in 1839 and the Rev. John C. Wathen was appointed the parish's first pastor.[1] As the town and parish continued to grow a larger church was needed and so a second church was built on the same site as the first in 1856. The present church was built on Locust Street between 1924 and 1926. On December 9, 1937 Pope Pius XII established the Diocese of Owensboro.[2] St. Stephen's was chosen as the new diocese's cathedral. The first Bishop of Owensboro, Francis Ridgley Cotton, was consecrated in St. Stephen's Cathedral on February 24, 1938.[1][3]

Catholic schools[edit]

The first school in Daviess County was St. Francis Academy.[1] It was opened by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1849. The same year that St. Stephen's became a cathedral, 1939, its first parish school opened on Frederica Streets with five grades. In 1951 Owensboro Catholic High School replaced St. Francis Academy. A new St. Stephen's school opened in 1962 on Locust Street. The parochial schools in Owensboro consolidated in 1989 and used the building at St. Angela Merici for the new school. That same year a preschool opened at St. Stephen's.


  1. ^ a b c "About Us". St. Stephen Cathedral. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Owensboro". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Bishop Francis Ridgley Cotton". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

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