Sioux Falls, S.D., Aug 3, 2011 / 22:59 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota recently celebrated the interior restoration of its Cathedral of St. Joseph, completing a 15-year effort to bring classical beauty back to the nearly century-old worship space.
“This is not the end but rather the beginning of a new day for the Cathedral of St. Joseph as a place to see beauty, learn about the faith, and draw closer to God,” said Sioux Falls Bishop Paul J. Swain, who welcomed worshipers and visitors after blessing the restored cathedral's doors on July 25.
The formal dedication of the cathedral's new altar took place the next day, along with the dedication of other parts of the sanctuary including the crucifix, tabernacle, and the bishop's chair (or “cathedra”). Bishop Swain said both events were “wonderful opportunities to worship and give thanks to God for this sacred and restored cathedral.”
Former Sioux Falls bishop and current St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson attended the dedication, witnessing the completion of the redesign that he initiated during his leadership of the diocese. Bishop Donald J. Kettler of Fairbanks, Alaska, who is a former rector of the cathedral, also attended the ceremony.
“We are celebrating and giving thanks to God,” Bishop Swain said, “and to all who have so generously supported not only these two years of interior restoration, but all that has been done over the last 15 years.” The Cathedral of St. Joseph had been closed since 2009, and its parish Masses relocated elsewhere, to make way for the changes.