Holy Rosary Cathedral (Regina, Saskatchewan)

Holy Rosary Cathedral at 13th Avenue and Garnet Street in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.

Holy Rosary Cathedral
Holy Rosary Cathedral in 2016
50°26′42″N 104°37′35″W / 50.445028°N 104.626426°W / 50.445028; -104.626426
Location2104 Garnet Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4T 6Y5
DenominationRoman Catholic
Authorising papal bull1910
FoundedNovember 11, 1911 (1911-11-11)
ConsecratedJune 29, 1913
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationRegina Heritage Holding Bylaw List
Architect(s)Joseph Fortin
StyleRomanesque Revival
GroundbreakingDecember 8, 1912
Construction costCA$135,000
Length200 feet (61 m)
Height90 feet (27 m)
DioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina
ArchbishopArchbishop Donald Bolen
RectorReverend Father Danilo Rafael, Parish Administrator Director of Personnel

History edit

Blessing of Holy Rosary Cathedral, 1913

Construction began in 1912 and the cornerstone was blessed by the Apostolic Delegate to Canada, Archbishop Peregrin-François Stagni, O.S.M.[1] on June 30, 1913 before an assembly of approximately 2,000 people. The building was completed in 1917.[2][3]

It was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by the firm of Joseph Fortin of Montreal, who also designed the Roman Catholic cathedrals of St. Paul's in Saskatoon and Our Lady of Assumption in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.[4] Modelled after churches in northern France, it is faced in yellow brick with limestone accents. Smith Brothers & Wilson oversaw construction and the final cost was $135,000.[3]

Casavant Frères of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, constructed and installed the gallery organ in 1930, to replace a large reed organ. It underwent extensive repairs after the 1976 fire and was renovated again in 1992–1993, after which it was named The McGuigan Organ in honour of Sister Marion McGuigan, a much-loved local humanitarian and educator.[3]

Since its construction, the interior of the church has been extensively redecorated five times; in 1928, 1951, 1968, 1976, and 1992. Renovations in 1951 saw the installation of 43 stained glass windows by André Rault,[3] while work in 1968 saw fundamental renovations for the church to conform with the directives of the Second Vatican Council. This included the dismantling of the high altar at the east end of the choir, and a nave altar being installed at the crossing. The choir was converted into a chapel.[citation needed]

A disastrous fire occurred on April 12, 1976, forcing renovations in the months following the fire. The Cathedral was unusable and Masses were held in the neighbouring Westminster United Church. The cathedral's pipe organ, built by Casavant Frères, and installed in the cathedral gallery in 1930, was damaged during the fire. It underwent extensive repairs after the 1976 fire and was renovated again in 1992–1993, after which it was named The McGuigan Organ in honour of Sister Marion McGuigan, a much-loved local humanitarian and educator.[3] Other renovations in 1992 saw the opaque screen separating the nave from the choir removed, and the main altar restored to a position in the choir closer to the site of the original high altar in the former sanctuary.[citation needed]

The light and airy interior of the cathedral is decorated sparingly in keeping with Canadian aesthetic sensibilities. The Institute for Stained Glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at Holy Rosary Cathedral.[5]

Sacred Heart Academy edit

Former Sacred Heart Academy, now converted to private residences, though it also houses diocesan offices.

Immediately to the west of the Cathedral, across the closed Garnet Street, is the building that formerly housed Sacred Heart Academy, a girls' high school operated by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions,[6] who also conducted music tuition for music students from across the city. The Sisters, whose numbers were waning, closed the school in 1969. The building has now been converted to strata title and sold as townhouses, but the Archdiocese has retained a portion of the east basement, once the piano studios, for offices.[citation needed]

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Notes edit

  1. ^ "Apostolic Nunciature: Canada". GCatholic.org. June 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  2. ^ Adamson, Julia (February 16, 2013). "Saskatchewan Roman Catholic Churches ~ Online Parish Registers ~ History". Saskatchewan Gen Web. Ancestry.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2018. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The History of Holy Rosary Cathedral". Holy Rosary Cathedral. Archived from the original on 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  4. ^ "Regina Walking Tours: Cathedral Area" (PDF). City of Regina. 2007. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-05-20. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  5. ^ "Holy Rosary Cathedral, 1913". Institute for Stained Glass in Canada. Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  6. ^ "Our History: Regina, Saskatchewan, 1905". Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. Retrieved 2015-06-09. In 1913 the Sisters were hired to teach in the Regina Separate Elementary School, at Holy Rosary School, and in 1924 they began teaching at St Mary's School.

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