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March 2022 Newsletter

Lending his good looks for a great cause

Remember the little Grey Fox kit that was trapped in a window well outside the Cathedral Sacristy last spring? Fr. John Ubel, Cathedral Rector, heard the cries and instigated rescue efforts in coordination with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.  Now, the face of that adorable little critter will help a National Geographic project raise funding for more wildlife conservation efforts. (Read a complete story in the Catholic Spirit

The rescue veterinarian (featured with Fr. Ubel) found the kit to be dangerously underweight, unable to stand, suffering from lead poisoning and his blood pressure was so low it didn’t even register on WCRM’s devices. Over six weeks, he made gradual improvements and the rehab team prepared to transfer the fox to a beautiful outdoor rehabilitation facility. Before leaving, the Cathedral Grey Fox sat for a photo taken by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Now this kit’s story will be shared around the world through PhotoArk, a multi-year effort led by Sartore, to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries to inspire support for on-the-ground conservation efforts.  

The famous “Cathedral” Grey Fox that survived against amazing odds can be featured in your home or office. Order prints directly from Joel.

Many thanks to Fr. Ubel for everything he did to make sure this fox was rescued.

The Cathedral Grey Fox will be featured in NatGeo’s PhotoArk to raise money for animal rehabilitation and conservation efforts.

WRCM veterinarian and Fr. Ubel with the rescued kit.

The fox trapped in the window well.

The three-month old kit receiving a Critical Care feeding.

Icon of Hope tours and comes to the Cathedral for permanent display

New artwork, the Icon of Hope, measuring 3-by-4 feet, graces the walls of the Cathedral’s baptistry following a tour of two previous churches, the Basilica of St. Mary’s and St. Maron Maronite Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Installed in January, the project took shape from a partnership between U.S. bishops’ and their concern for the difficult situation of Christians living in the Middle East.

A Stillwater-based iconographer, Deb Korluka, created the work in 2016 which portrays Saul’s baptism by St. Ananias, and eventual conversion to Paul, on the road to Damascus. The icon bares the title: The Conversion of Saint Paul.  It also depicts in the upper corners of the icon, the Cathedral of Damascus, and our Cathedral of Saint Paul, commemorating the special relationship and history shared between the two churches. 

Mark your calendars for a very special concert hosted by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation

LE CHEMIN DE LA CROIX (The Way of the Cross) of Marcel Dupré
Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Featuring the Historic Pipe Organs of the Cathedral of Saint Paul
Dr. Stephen Hamilton, organ
Mr. Michael Barone, narration.

“Le Chemin de la Croix,” (The Way of the Cross) by Marcel Dupré, is a musical meditation on each of the 14 Stations. Tracing the story of the Passion, this ambitious work was created in 1931. The recitation of the literary Le Chemin de la Croix was given in 1931 by Paul Claudel, a fervent Catholic diplomat, poet, and dramatist. 

This presentation features international concert artist Stephen Hamilton with narration by Michael Barone, host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, a nationally syndicated public radio program.

Marcel Dupre, composer
Stephen Hamilton, organist
Michael Barone, narrator, and host of Pipedreams