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Cathedral of Saint Peter


Location in Illinois

42°17′06″N 89°04′58″W / 42.2851°N 89.0828°W / 42.2851; -89.0828Coordinates: 42°17′06″N 89°04′58″W / 42.2851°N 89.0828°W / 42.2851; -89.0828
Location 1243 N. Church Street
Rockford, Illinois
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
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History
Founded 1922
Dedication St. Peter the Apostle
Dedicated May 15, 1960
Consecrated October 11, 1978
Architecture
Status Cathedral/Parish church
Style Italianate
Groundbreaking 1958
Completed 1960
Specifications
Capacity 676-834
Number of spires One
Administration
Diocese Rockford
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. David J. Malloy
Rector Very Rev. Stephen St. Jules

The Cathedral of Saint Peter is the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford. It is the second church to serve the diocese as its cathedral.

History

Interior of St Peter's Cathedral, Rockford IL
Interior of the Cathedral of St. Peter

The parish had its beginnings with the establishment of St. William's chapel in 1915. It was established as a mission of St. Mary's parish downtown. Property on the summit of Council Hill, also known as Piety Hill, was purchased in 1920 for a new parish. A combination church and school was built on Court Street beginning in 1921.

The cornerstone for the present church was blessed by Bishop Loras Lane in August 1958 and it was dedicated on May 15, 1960. Bishop Arthur O'Neill designated St. Peter's as the diocesan cathedral on October 11, 1970. St. James on North Second Street in Rockford had been the pro-cathedral of the diocese from its foundation in 1908. Bishop Lane planned to construct a large pyramid-shaped cathedral, but his untimely death and the high projected construction costs doomed the project. What he had founded in 1962 as "Cathedral Parish" for the new cathedral was renamed Holy Family Parish. O'Neill formally consecrated St. Peter's on October 11, 1978. The present altar was consecrated by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago on September 29, 1998.

Pipe organ

St. Peter's houses a 1978 Wicks Organ Company pipe organ, Opus 5706. It is located in the rear gallery of the cathedral. Some of the pipes are exposed in the large case that frames a rose window. The organ features 5 divisions, 45 stops, 47 ranks, and 2,707 pipes. The manual compass is 61 notes and the pedal compass is 32 notes.

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