- Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Charlotte
The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Charlotte is a cathedral of the
Roman Catholic Churchin the United States. It is the mother churchof the Diocese of Charlotteand is the seat of its prelate bishop. It is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mount Holly's St. Joseph Churchwas built. It was followed in 1852 by St. Peter Church. These church building were required to accommodate the increase in the number of Catholics in the region.
The land was in the control of the
Benedictinemonks from Belmont Abbey, North Carolinawhen John Henry Phelanof Beaumont, Texas, donated funds to have a church built in Charlotte in memory of his parents. Work on St Patrick church began on St. Patrick's Day, 1938.
Frank Frimmer, an Austrian native known for remodeling Old Worldchurches, designed and supervised construction of the church, with its gray stuccoface, 400-seat nave, balcony and 77-foot (23.7m) tall tower. The altarcontained relics of St. Jucundiusand St. Justina, and two side chapels were crafted as shrines honoring Mary and Joseph. Stained glasswindows, designed in Syracuse, New York, depicted the Annunciation, St. Patrick, Joseph's deathbed scene, Davidwith his lyre, St. Ceciliaand some events in the life of Jesus.
[Cathedral Facade: [http://www.attentiontodetailinc.com/images/pics_lg/div1_rest_a1_lg.jpg]
September 4 1939, Bishop Eugene J. McGuinnessof Raleigh consecrated the church under the patronage of St. Patrick. It became the first church in North Carolinato be consecrated immediately upon completion and in 1942 became a parish, with Goldsboro-native Monsignor Arthur R. Freemanas pastor.A rectoryand conventwere completed in 1941, and a Catholic grade schoolwas built on the property in 1930 was expanded in 1943 to include high schoolgrades.
Establishment of new diocese
During the next few decades, the influx of Catholics added to the need for ministerial presence in Charlotte, and three parishes grew from St. Patrick: St. Ann, St. Gabriel and St. Vincent de Paul.
January 12 1972, Pope Paul VIestablished the Diocese of Charlotte, and St. Patrick Church was designated the cathedral church. Msgr. Richard Allen, pastor at the time, was appointed the first rector.
The cathedral experienced a major renovation in 1979. The original character of the building, including memorials and windows, was preserved while the church was brought up to current liturgical standards. A new
altarwas constructed from the original, and artwork of local and religious significance was added. A new locally built pipe organwas also installed in the balcony.The cathedral remained closed for six months. On June 10Bishop Michael J. Begleyof Charlotte presided over the celebration of the church's reopening.
The majority of renovative efforts to restore St. Patrick Cathedral to its original condition were completed by
Easterof 1996, yet work has continued. The altar, baptismal font, statues and ambo were given new prominence, and a hardwood floor was installed. The dark oak wainscotingfrom the 1979 renovation was removed to brighten up the cathedral and make it appear as it did in 1939.Most recently, Stations of the Crossbrought in from Maggie Valley, NCand a Celtic crosswere added outside.
Paul Q. Garyhas served as rectorof St. Patrick Cathedral since July 1996.
References and External Links
* [http://www.stpatricks.org/public_html/HTML/OurParish/OurParish.htm] The Cathedral of St. Patrick's website
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