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Cathedral Church of St. John
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The cathedral in July, 2012
Cathedral Church of St. John (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is located in New Mexico
Cathedral Church of St. John (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Location in New Mexico
35°04′56.2″N 106°39′6.54″W / 35.082278°N 106.6518167°W / 35.082278; -106.6518167
Location 318 Silver Avenue SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Country United States
Denomination Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Founded 1882
Dedicated November 11, 1952
Architect(s) John Gaw Meem
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1951
Completed 1952
Diocese Rio Grande

The Cathedral Church of St. John is an Episcopal cathedral located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of the Rio Grande. In 2018 the cathedral church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


St. John's was established in 1882. Land was purchased at the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Silver Avenue for $5,000 and the first church building was built that same year. It was a Gothic Revival building built from red Arizona sandstone and brick with a corner bell tower. The first service, led by Bishop George Kelly Dunlop, was held in November 1882 with 33 people in attendance. The Vestry of St. John's passed a resolution and the Convocation of 1920 approved the designation of St. John's as the cathedral church of the Missionary District of New Mexico and Southwest Texas for a one-year trial. Three years later new canons were adopted and the designation became official.

Henry R.A. O’Malley became dean and raised $25,000 for the Cathedral House, which was to house offices for the parish and the Missionary District. It was designed by Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem and its cornerstone was placed on Easter Sunday, 1930. Meem was retained in 1950 to design the new cathedral to replace the old church. Meem's design preserved the front and side entrances and bell tower from the old church while adding a much larger nave, executed in a modern Gothic style using brick and reclaimed stone. The groundbreaking was held the day after Easter in 1951 and the first services in the new cathedral were held on October 5, 1952. It was dedicated on November 11, 1952.

Anne Tropeano, who was from New Mexico, was ordained by the woman priest movement here, in October 2021. She is known as "Father Anne" and is not supported by the Roman Catholic church.

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