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Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cape Girardeau, Missouri) is located in Missouri
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
Location in Missouri
37°18′03″N 89°31′38″W / 37.30084°N 89.52719°W / 37.30084; -89.52719
Location 615 William St.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Cathedral/Parish
Founded 1868
Style Romanesque Revival
Completed 1869
Number of spires One
Materials Brick
Diocese Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Bishop(s) Edward M. Rice
Rector Rev. Allan Saunders

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation, also known as St. Mary's Cathedral, is a Catholic cathedral in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States. Along with St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield, Missouri it is the seat of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.


Plans were made as early as 1858 to establish a parish for Cape Girardeau's German population. The Civil War caused a delay in carrying out the plans. Property was acquired at the corner of Sprigg and William Streets for $650. Ground was broken for the parish church on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25, 1868 and the cornerstone was laid on August 2. The first Mass was celebrated in the church on February 2, 1869. A rectory was built in 1885. In 1891 the church was redecorated and the bells were placed in the tower.

The Sisters of St. Francis arrived to teach in the parish school in 1875. Two years later they built a convent on the northwest corner of Sprigg and William Streets. They expanded the building in 1882 and opened St. Francis Hospital. St. Mary's Cemetery was established in 1903.

Major renovations of the church occurred in 1954 and 1968. The Magnificat windows were added in 1954. On July 2, 1956 Pope Pius XII established the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau St. Agnes Church in Springfield was named as the new diocese's cathedral and St. Mary as the co-cathedral. The current rectory was built in 1957.

St. Vincent De Paul Church became a part of the Cathedral Parish in 1977. St. Vincent's Church was named a chapel of ease at that time. The parish hall was added in 1978 and another renovation of the cathedral's interior occurred in 1985. The steeple was restored and a new organ was installed from 1990-1991. The parish office building was completed in January 2000.

Catholic schools

St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic grade school, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
St. Mary of the Annunciation Grade School

The parish grade school was established in 1875 with the Sisters of St. Francis serving as the faculty. A new school building opened in 1882. The Franciscans were replaced by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1903. They continued to teach in the school until 1993. A new convent was built for the Sisters in 1905. The main part of the present grade school building was built in 1912. St. Mary's High School, now Notre Dame High School, was opened in 1925. The front part of the grade school building was built in 1937. Yet another new convent was built in 1955. It is currently used as a youth center. In 1978 a gymnasium and kindergarten were added to the grade school. Improvements were made to the school offices, classrooms, library and gymnasium in 2004 and 2006.


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