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Precious Blood Cathedral

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Precious Blood Cathedral
Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
ProvinceRoman Catholic Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
RiteRoman Rite
LeadershipRev. Hamish Currie
Rev. Ignatius Xavier
Location
Location778 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Canada
Architecture
StyleGothic revival
Completed1875
Materialssandstone
Website
www.preciousbloodssm.com

Precious Blood Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. The cathedral is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

History

The first Catholic missionaries arrived in the area in around 1815, at which point Sault was an outpost of the Northwest Company. The Catholic parish in the adjoining city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan served Catholics for several years until a wooden church was constructed for the Parish of the Sacred Heart in 1846. In 1875, the present church building opened, as the region's Catholic population, mainly of French Canadian and Irish immigrant origin, began to grow rapidly. Following the creation of the dioceses in 1904, this facility was elevated to cathedral status. In 1936, the parish assumed its current name.[1]

The building was fully renovated in 1963. In 2013, the parish announced plans for a $4 million expansion to church grounds, which will include the construction of a 5,500 square foot multi-use hall that will be the home of the diocese's social ministry programs.[2]

References

  1. ^ Precious Blood Cathedral from Ontario Heritage Trust, retrieved 22 April 2015
  2. ^ Precious Blood Cathedral Expansion Plans from Sault Star, 26 September 2013, retrieved 22 April 2015

Coordinates: 46°30′27″N 84°19′33″W / 46.5075°N 84.3259°W / 46.5075; -84.3259


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