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St. Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral
45°02′01″N 84°40′59″W / 45.0335°N 84.6831°W / 45.0335; -84.6831Coordinates: 45°02′01″N 84°40′59″W / 45.0335°N 84.6831°W / 45.0335; -84.6831
Location 606 N. Ohio Ave.
Gaylord, Michigan
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
History
Founded 1884
Dedication Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Consecrated June 25, 1976
Architecture
Heritage designation Michigan State Historic Site (1901 church)
Designated 2005
Style Modern
Completed 1976
Specifications
Capacity 1,000
Materials Brick
Administration
Diocese Gaylord
Clergy
Bishop(s) Sede Vacante
Rector Rev. Matthew Wigton
Vicar(s)
Rev. John William

St. Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral, also known simply as the Cathedral of St. Mary, is a Catholic cathedral and parish church located in Gaylord, Michigan, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Gaylord.

History

St. Mary's Catholic Church-Gaylord
The original cathedral

The parish began as a mission in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. The first church was constructed in 1884, and with a predominately Polish congregation, the parish began to grow. During the pastorate of the Rev. Casmir Skory, St. Mary's School was founded in 1893 with Dominican Sisters as teachers. Also during his pastorate a new church was built from 1900 to 1901 for about $15,000. For many years it was the largest building in the area. When Pope Paul VI established the Diocese of Gaylord on December 19, 1970, St. Mary’s became the cathedral for the new diocese.

The first bishop of Gaylord, Edmund Szoka, had the present cathedral built. The cornerstone was laid on July 25, 1975. The new cathedral was dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel on June 25, 1976. The bell tower and bells were consecrated in July 1977. A local group bought the old church in 1985 and converted it into a performing arts center named the Mount Carmel Centre.

Architecture

St. Mary’s Cathedral is an octagon-shaped structure built in the Modern architectural style. A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary outside the south entrance was created by Jim Hopfensperger of Midland, Michigan. It is cast in bronze and was added to the grounds in 1991. A gathering space provides the entryway into the building. The baptismal font is an octagon shaped pool near the entrance. The altar is created from Vermont granite. Inside the altar are the relics of the evangelists St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. Luke, a piece of St. John's house, and pieces of bone from other saints. The pipe organ was built by the Gabriel Kney Company of London, Ontario, Canada. The 2,000 plus pipes were manufactured in Göttingen, Germany. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel contains a sculpture of The Burning Bush by Vera Bartnik of Traverse City, Michigan. The tabernacle is in the shape of a monstrance and has a luna suspended in a sunburst where the Eucharist is reserved. There are four shrine areas in the cathedral dedicated to the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, Our Lady of Czestochowa and Bishop Frederic Baraga. The stained glass windows portray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Stations of the Cross are bronze bas reliefs. Four crosses with candles mark the four primary directions where the cathedral walls were consecrated with Sacred Chrism.

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