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A piece-by-piece restoration of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s south-facing rose window

A piece-by-piece restoration of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s south-facing rose window

By admin in Media, Projects on 09/15/2017

St. Paul Cathedral Rose Window

Erosion from weather and pollution, as well as weighty braces added five decades ago, has caused the glass in all three windows to separate from their connective leading, said Al Palmer, who owns Gaytee-Palmer.

When the Cathedral called upon Gaytee-Palmer to repair three bullet-size holes in the north rose window in 2015, the craftsmen discovered that the windows were structurally unsound.

“When you just touched them, they shook,” said Palmer, 63, who encouraged Cathedral leadership to commission their restoration. “The only thing that was keeping them from falling out was that storm window.”

In early July, Gaytee-Palmer employees removed the 18-foot-diameter, south-facing window section by section. At the studio, the glass pieces are in various stages of what Palmer estimates to be an eight-week project. In that time, the pieces are cleaned, scraped of old leading, repainted as necessary, releaded and cemented — an onerous, time-consuming process because each piece is done by hand.

Restoration of the Cathedral’s north rose window is slated to begin after the south rose window is reinstalled in early September. Palmer said his company also expects to restore the east rose window at a later date.

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit separate from the Cathedral parish, is fundraising the $209,000 cost for the north and south window restoration. The project will be featured at the organization’s fifth annual Cathedral Festival of Lights Sept. 25 at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown St. Paul.

“We look to the parish to identify its priorities,” said Mary Schaffner, Cathedral Heritage Foundation board chairwoman. “There is no more prominent feature other than its dome than its rose windows.”

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Easter Celebration Marks 100 Years At St. Paul Cathedral

Easter Celebration Marks 100 Years At St. Paul Cathedral

By admin in Events, Media on 09/15/2017

St. Paul Cathedral Interior | Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Sunday’s Easter holiday marks a centennial celebration for a Midwest Landmark.

The St. Paul Cathedral held its 100th Easter this morning. The first mass held here was 100 years ago on Palm Sunday. And on each holiday since, nearly 3,000 worshipers have filled the pews to celebrate.

The capitol city takes its name from the first St. Paul Cathedral. which was built in the 1840s as a log church. The current building has become a landmark within the city and a symbol of the Catholic faith within the Twin Cities community.

“It was built by many immigrant workers. The financing of the church wasn’t just big money people coming in and donating to the church. It was pretty much the entire Catholic community coming together contributing to the church,” Architectural Historial Larry Millett said. “There’s a list of the small donations, which literally range from a dime to thousands of dollars. It really was, as built, a people’s church.”

The St. Paul Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the country. And it was built with many materials native to Minnesota, like rock-billed granite and stone from Mankato.

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A St. Paul ediface for the ages

A St. Paul ediface for the ages

By admin in Events, Media on 09/15/2017

Cathedral of St. Paul | Cross overlooking city

Whatever our beliefs, the Cathedral of St. Paul is in some way or another ours.

Graceful and imposing, the structure has been an orienting presence on the landscape, drawing locals and tourists of all faiths to its doors, for a century.

A yearlong centennial celebration included Sunday’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated under the dome of the beloved “cathedral on the hill” — one of the so-called seven hills of the Saintly City.

On the hill — also known as St. Anthony Hill — “there’s no better site to put a monumental structure,” Twin Cities architecture expert Larry Millett said in a recent edition of the Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “The cathedral is much more visible in St. Paul than the Capitol.”

It was “designed as a monumental, muscular display of faith,” said Millett, also a former Pioneer Press reporter.

And so it remains.

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At 100, St. Paul Cathedral is full of community

By admin in Events, Media on 09/14/2017

A century ago, the dreams of an archbishop and his generous flock were realized in the first mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

For Palm Sunday, the polished floors of the Cathedral of St. Paul shine in mirror-like brilliance, reflecting a blaze of multicolored light streaming through the massive stained-glass rose windows.

Voices rising from the choir loft are accompanied by the triumphant blast of pipe organs as 1,000 or more worshipers gather under the copper-clad dome to celebrate mass.

It’s here, high atop a hill overlooking downtown St. Paul, where Catholics have come for the past century to worship and wed and pay tribute to those who have passed on.

And it’s here, over the next year, where they will return again and again to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a spiritual shrine through concerts and food drives and even a softball tournament.

At the heart of all the hoopla and history, however, the cathedral stands as an active community of faith.

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The Cathedral of St. Paul – 100 years of inspiring awe

The Cathedral of St. Paul – 100 years of inspiring awe

By admin in Events, Media on 09/14/2017

The first homily at the first “Cathedral” of St. Paul — then, just a rustic chapel — was a stoic experience.

No heat, no water, in a 25-by-18-foot log cabin that could hold fewer than a hundred.

The first homily at the fourth cathedral — the “Cathedral on the Hill,” a more recognized landmark than the Capitol building across from it — was surprisingly stoic as well.

There were pews, and little else. A single, bare electric bulb hung from the Cathedral’s high dome. That first Mass — to be commemorated by Archbishop John Nienstedt in a centennial homily Sunday, and in events and exhibits throughout the year — was absent of any accoutrement.

And yet each of the five Masses scheduled that day — which some worried would be too barren, too spacious to be intimate with God — were standing-room only.

The speaker, 77-year-old Archbishop John Ireland — a former infantry regiment chaplain who had served in the Civil War — would die three years later.

He’d spent his final efforts finishing a project many decried as folly. Too expensive, too ambitious, too far away from Rome.

“Archbishop Ireland wanted people to know that Catholics had arrived in America. (With the construction of the Cathedral), he wanted people to see that ‘we are Catholics, but we are Americans.’ That there was no contradiction whatsoever between the two,” said the Rev. John Ubel, the Cathedral’s current rector.

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Five reasons to check out Red Bull Crashed Ice

By admin in Events, Media on 09/14/2017

Cass Gilbert, the nationally regarded architect known for the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Minnesota State Capitol, is reported to have remarked: “If the dome of the Cathedral of St. Paul and that of the new state capitol were part of a city in Europe, they would be world famous.”

The cathedral will get another shot at international fame Jan. 22-24, with the fourth annual Red Bull Crashed Ice season opener in St. Paul. As in years past, the ice cross downhill course is built to show off the Cathedral of St. Paul’s impressive facade.

Here are five reasons to go:

1.     The athletes will look like they’re launching out the cathedral’s rose window. In past years, the track design wound around the Cathedral of St. Paul, but this year designers decided to make this dramatic backdrop the central focus.

The track starts just below the cathedral’s East-facing rose window, designed in 1931 by Charles J. Connick, the world’s finest stained-glass craftsman at the time. The 26-foot-diameter window’s theme is the resurrection, inspired by John 1:4: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”

The window features a cross with the Lamb of God in its center, his banner signifying victory over death. In the cross’ arms are medallions of the 12 apostles; the four evangelists are depicted between its arms. Vines and branches weave throughout the entire window, recalling Jesus’s words in John 15:5: “I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

2.     It restores the cathedral’s history of daredevil antics. Most Minnesotans wouldn’t climb to the top of the cathedral’s exterior dome even if OSHA allowed it, but many of the workers who created the building did – for fun. Historic photos show workers installing its ball and lantern – its very top – and painting from scaffolding high in its interior dome. One particularly hair-raising image shows workmen taking turns balancing on the stone pinnacles that surround the building, apparently just for the thrill of it.

3.     If you get cold, the cathedral’s open. With highs of 36 degrees, the forecast for Jan. 23-24 is nicely above freezing, but still cold enough to warrant warming-up. The cathedral is opening its doors for the duration of the event, which culminates in the main event Jan. 24. (Practice runs and elimination rounds are scheduled Jan. 22-23.) In honor of the centennial anniversary of its first Mass, the cathedral is also hosting a photo exhibit, “A Timeline of Cathedral History.” The exhibit officially opens Jan. 25, but Crashed Ice attendees can get a preview.

If you’re looking for another kind of warmer, support the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and check out Frosty’s Bar from 5-10 p.m. Jan. 24 at the University Club, 420 Summit Ave. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door which include a VIP ticket, bar snacks a drink and a shuttle to and from Crashed Ice.

4.     Support an inadvertent evangelization effort. Like the Basilica Block Party, which connects thousands of people with Minneapolis’ Basilica of St. Mary (the archdiocese’s co-cathedral) who may not usually go, Crashed Ice brings throngs of visitors to the cathedral’s grounds, and many inside. It seems like an appropriate circumstance for a church named for St. Paul, who was known to use the secular to teach the sacred. (Note the cathedral is also the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul.) It’s not a stretch to imagine the cathedral’s founder, Archbishop John Ireland, also loving the situation. “There should be no one who, entering the cathedral, is not able to say … ‘it is mine,’” he said.

5.     Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is a fan. Of the cathedral, at least; no word about Crashed Ice. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he visited the church in 1984. Later he remarked, “I remember the Cathedral of St. Paul as the most beautiful cathedral in the U.S.” The world watching Crashed Ice – by technology or in person – might be inclined to agree.

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Stephen Paulus’ final work to premiere at Cathedral of St. Paul

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The world premiere and final work of Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus titled “Cathedral Fanfare for Two Organs” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

The free concert is presented by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation as part of the Inaugural Year of Concerts series. Other works to be played at the concert include the national premiere of “Three solos” by Jean-Baptiste Robin, “Clair de lune” from “Suite Bergamasque” by Claude Debussy and “Asturias” by Isaac Albeniz.

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Crashed Ice World Championship 2014 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul

Crashed Ice World Championship 2014 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul

By admin in Events, Media on 09/14/2017


Maybe it was cabin fever that drove a record 120,000 spectators to the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2014 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. Strollers pushed through massive amounts of snow, ladies terribly underdressed, guys jumping over and into snow banks, and plenty of hardy children. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. The Cathedral of Saint Paul was an exceptional host, opening up their doors to let in the huddled masses—for a temporary escape from the bitter wind.

Four athletes emerge from starting points that take in a breathtaking view of the St. Paul skyline and the top of the Cathedral of St. Paul. “Once you get out of the gate, you commit [to going down]. The athletes are not allowed to slow down. For the rookies, it was quite a big effort and we were lucky no one was injured. Only the best guys can manage the first jump,” said Caluori.


‘Crashed Ice’ Leads Many to National Shrine of the Apostle Paul

‘Crashed Ice’ Leads Many to National Shrine of the Apostle Paul

By admin in Events, Media on 09/14/2017

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The annual event takes place literally on the steps of the St. Paul, Minn., cathedral, making it a perfect opportunity to evangelize and extend some Christian hospitality.

For the past three years, one of the largest cathedrals in the United States has served as the backdrop for one of the largest winter sporting events.

More than 300,000 have flocked to Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, Minn., during that span to watch the Red Bull Crashed Ice racers skate down a 1,400-foot track of ice with many twists and turns. This year’s addition took place on Saturday and aired nationally on Fox Sports 1, and the Cathedral of St. Paul, the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, dominated the sky behind the track.

“Overall, I think it [is] very good exposure for the cathedral,” said Father John Ubel, the cathedral’s rector. “The cathedral [is] lit up beautifully with LED lighting.”

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Cathedral pulls out all the stops for pipe organs’ inaugural concert

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The Cathedral of St. Paul was filled to capacity with people standing in every available space for the inaugural concert of the Cathedral’s newly restored 1927 E.M. Skinner and 1963 Æolian-Skinner organs Oct. 24. Above, internationally acclaimed organist Olivier Latry of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris plays both historic pipe organs from the console that normally sits in the sanctuary behind the main altar. An identical console is located in the choir gallery. Both organs can be played from either console. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

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