Albany, NY USA..November 2010..Nikon D300
Welcome to the historic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. People from all over the world have crossed the threshold beneath the old sandstone portals of this cathedral church.
From its lofty pedestal atop Madison Avenue hill overlooking the Hudson River, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception today stands watch over the City and Diocese of Albany. The Cathedral’s spires have become a symbol of New York’s capital city. For one hundred and fifty years the Cathedral has served as a beacon of hope, reassuring us of God’s enduring presence in an ever-changing world.
The Albany Diocese was erected by Pope Pius IX on 23 April 1847. Immigrants from Ireland, German principalities, Italy and other European countries were mostly Catholic. These immigrant people arriving in such great number stirred the pastoral concern of the Bishop of New York, John Hughes. His fast growing congregation needed closer shepherding. The coadjutor bishop of New York, the Rt. Reverend John McCloskey, was installed as the first bishop of Albany on September 9, 1847.
John McCloskey; Shepherd of Exiles
The majority of Bishop McCloskey’s immigrant Irish flock came to America from Ireland during the harrowing Potato Famine. Being poor and uneducated, they became the object of much ridicule and scorn from the Yankees establishment. The “Know Nothing Movement” at the time was strong in its attacks on immigrants, especially Catholics. Bishop McCloskey realized that his first task was to help Catholics take their rightful place in their new country. One way for this to be done was by building a great cathedral of which all could be proud. Bishop McCloskey commissioned a young Irish architect; Patrick Charles Keely, ( 1816 – 1896) of Brooklyn, New York to design and build Albany’s cathedral. Keely emigrated to New York in 1842 at age 25.
(Directly from the churches website)
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