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Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes
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Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes (Spokane, Washington) is located in Washington (state)
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes (Spokane, Washington)
Location in Washington (state)
47°39′29″N 117°25′43″W / 47.6580°N 117.4285°W / 47.6580; -117.4285
Location 1115 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, Washington
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website http://spokanecathedral.com
History
Status Cathedral
Founded 1881
Architecture
Architect(s) Julian and Williams
Style Romanesque Revival
Completed 1908
Specifications
Number of spires Two
Spire height 164 ft (50 m)
Materials Brick
Administration
Diocese Spokane
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Thomas Daly
Rector Rev. Darrin Connall

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes is a Catholic cathedral in Spokane, Washington, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Spokane.

History

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish can trace its beginnings to the first Mass celebrated in Spokane. The Rev. Joseph Cataldo, SJ celebrated the Mass in August 1881 in a converted carpenter's shop that he named St. Joseph. Five years later a brick church was constructed and named Our Lady of Lourdes. The Sisters of the Holy Names opened a parish school. The cornerstone for the present church building was laid in 1903. A new school building was completed three years later. On December 17, 1913, St. Pius X established the Diocese of Spokane and Our Lady of Lourdes was named the diocesan cathedral.

Architecture

Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes Spokane interior 2018b
Interior of the cathedral

The cathedral is designed in an Italian Romanesque Revival style. The exterior of the structure is faced with red brick accented with granite. The facade is framed by two square towers that reach a height of 164 ft (50 m). The interior was most recently renovated in 2019 when the sanctuary was covered in marble and a new marble altar and pews were installed. The new marble altar was a gift of Tim and Sherry Murphy in memory of their families. The old high altar, topped by a Calvary scene, remains in the apse. It was a gift of the Patsy Clarke family of Spokane. The bishop's cathedra (chair) is a combination of the original 1913 throne of Bishop Schinner, the marble cathedra from the 1930s and a new addition in 2018. The bishop's cathedra is a gift from the Dennis and Stacy Harrington family in memory of Deacon John Sicilia. The restored marble pulpit was made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Redmond. The cathedral has one organ in the loft W. W. Kimball pipe organ. The stunning stained glass windows are from Bavaria.

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