St Augustine Cathedral in Tucson, AZ is a beautiful historically built church under the leadership of Father Patrick M. Crino, Father Frank Cady and Monsignor Carlos Romero-Moreno.
The chapel was originally called San Agustin, and was built as a one-room chapel that contained a special area called a sacristy. This sacristy was the place civilians and soldiers came to pray with the priest. In the 1800s, they added more rooms to the church for the short time it was used. In 1860, the Bishop of Santa Fe sent Father Joseph Machebeuf to look over the church. Upon his advisement, a small house was donated to Father Machebeuf and they began using this building as a church again. Through the next few years, work was done on the building, while changing its name to a church or cathedral. Shortly after this time, the Arizona territory was declared a Vicariate Apostolic and with Fr. Salpointe becoming the Most Rev. Jean B. Salpointe, the Vicar Apostolic of the area. This declaration was made by the Holy See.
One hundred years later in 1966, they began restoration on the church to turn it into the magnificent cathedral it is today, at the same time, celebrating its 100th anniversary of the first church’s completion. At this time the name was changed to St. Augustine’s Cathedral.
The inside of the church contains some of the most beautiful and historic artifacts and monuments such as the coat of arms of Pope Pius XI, Bishop Salpointe and Bishop Bourgade in addition to symbols of the famous evangelists Luke, Mark, Matthew and John.
The vestibule contains statues of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Sacred Heart, St. Jude, St. Anthony and St. Joseph. Perhaps one of the most significant pieces in the church is the “Cathedra”, which is the Bishop’s chair. Without this piece, a church is not a cathedral as it is from this chair that the Bishop performs duties for the Diocese.
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