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Cathedral of Christ the King
Cathedral of Christ the King (Superior, Wisconsin) is located in Wisconsin
Cathedral of Christ the King (Superior, Wisconsin)
Location in Wisconsin
46°43′14.25″N 92°05′39.34″W / 46.7206250°N 92.0942611°W / 46.7206250; -92.0942611
Location 1111 Belknap St.
Superior, Wisconsin
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Status Cathedral/Parish
Founded 1926
Dedication Christ the King
Style Italianate
Groundbreaking June 24, 1926
Completed 1927
Construction cost $300,000
Materials Limestone
Diocese Superior
Bishop(s) Most Rev. James Patrick Powers
Rector Rev. Andrew P. Ricci

The Cathedral of Christ the King is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior in Superior, Wisconsin. It was named in honor of Christ the King. The building is located at 1111 Belknap Street in Superior.


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Cathedral interior

When the Diocese of Superior was established in 1905 Sacred Heart church, which had been established in the 1880s, was designated the pro-cathedral. Sacred Heart continued in this function until 1926.

1926—1927 construction

The cathedral construction project was announced in February 1926 and the groundbreaking occurred on June 23, 1926. Bishop Joseph Pinten blessed and laid the cornerstone for the Cathedral of Christ the King on October 24, 1926. The next day he left to assume his new appointment at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Construction continued on into 1927. The cathedral dedication ceremony was held on Christmas, 1927.

The congregation for the cathedral parish formed by the joining of existing Sacred Heart and St. Joseph parishes.

1937 fund drive

During the Depression funds were scarce to complete the undecorated interior of the cathedral. A fund drive was announced in 1937 by cathedral pastor Fr. Joseph Annabring to undertake this work. Despite modest funds, interior walls and ceiling were decorated and new pews, confessionals, and stained glass windows were added.

Cathedral School - Superior, Wisconsin
Cathedral School

1946—1960 parish expansion

With continued growth, the cathedral congregation added a parish hall in 1946 and a rectory in 1948. The parish constructed a new school across the street from the cathedral in 1952 and a new convent in 1960.

2003—2004 renovation

The cathedral underwent a major renovation in 2003, with the church building closed for over a year while repairs to the exterior and renovations to the interior took place. Frescoes and an improved heating and air-conditioning system were added. The church re-opened in late 2004. The dedication ceremony for the renovated cathedral was in February 2005.

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