Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, Medan

Medan Cathedral (Indonesian: Gereja Katedral Medan) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Medan, Indonesia. The current cathedral was inaugurated in 1928. It is one of the Dutch colonial buildings in Medan.

Gereja Katedral Medan
Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral
Gereja Katolik Katedral Medan.jpg
The front view of the Cathedral
Gereja Katedral Medan is located in Medan
Gereja Katedral Medan
Gereja Katedral Medan
Location in Medan
3°35′03″N 98°40′53″E / 3.584224°N 98.681374°E / 3.584224; 98.681374
LocationMedan Maimun, Medan
DenominationRoman Catholic
Founder(s)Order of Friars Minor Capuchin
Consecrated30 January 1928
Past bishop(s)Alfred Gonti Pius Datubara, O.F.M.CAP.
Anicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga, O.F.M.CAP.
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Han Groenewegen
StyleModenist, Nieuwe Zakelijkheid
Groundbreaking20 March 1878[1]
Completed30 January 1928
Number of spires1
DeaneryMedan Cathedral[2]
ArchbishopKornelius Sipayung, O.F.M.CAP.
RectorSesarius Petrus Mau[4][3]
Vicar(s)Manuntun Marihot Simanjuntak[3]
Priest(s)Frietz R Tambunan
Benno Ola Tage[3]
TreasurerErni Kristina[4]
Liturgy coordinatorNany Theresia[4]
Youth ministry coordinatorAndreas Corsini[4]


The Cathedral, 1920

At its inception in 1879, the Cathedral Church of Medan is a leaf-roofed hut and thatched roofed place of worship for dozens of Catholics (the majority ethnic Tamil Indian and the Netherlands) at Jl Pemuda No 1 (formerly: Paleisstraat; Istana Street). In 1884, the congregation had grown to 193 people.[5]

Construction of a new church was initiated in 1905 when the Catholics were numbered 1200 people. The construction was carried out by the Jesuit priest who worked in the field. The new church was inaugurated in November of that year, the new church was made of stone walls and tin roof, with some parts still made of thatched palm leaves.[5]

The Tamil Indians later built for themselves a Parish at Jalan Hayam Wuruk in Medan Baru area, called as St. Anthony's Church, annexed to it were housing of Tamil Catholic Indians known as Kampung Kristen or Kovil Kambam in Tamil, Presently Jalan Mataram where the Catholic Center is built.[5]

On January 30, 1928, the church was expanded into its current form following a design by Dutch architect Han Groenewegen.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "SEJARAH – Gereja Katolik Santa Perawan Maria Yang Dikandung Tanpa Noda".
  2. ^ "Vikariat Medan Katedral | Keuskupan Agung Medan".
  3. ^ a b c "Paroki Medan Katedral | Keuskupan Agung Medan".
  4. ^ a b c d "SUSUNAN DPP – Gereja Katolik Santa Perawan Maria Yang Dikandung Tanpa Noda".
  5. ^ a b c d "Parish History - A Brief History of Cathedral Church". Paroki Katedral Medan. Paroki Katedral Medan. 2013. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2013.