St Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Galveston

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St. Mary Cathedral Basilica, also known as St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica is a Roman Catholic place of worship situated in Galveston, Texas. It is the primary cathedral of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the mother church of the Catholic Church in Texas, as well as a minor basilica. Along with the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, St. Mary's serves more than 1.5 million Catholics living in the Archdiocese.HistoryIn 1840, the Rev. John Timon, the newly appointed Apostolic Prefect of Texas, named fellow Vincentian priest Rev. John Odin, C.M., to be the resident Vice-Prefect of Texas. Fr. Odin embarked from New Orleans on a schooner bound for the Texas coast, arriving in Galveston early in 1841. There he found a community of Catholics eager to build a church for their small congregation.In the months that followed, Father Odin procured enough money to begin construction of a wooden-frame church. He was assisted in this venture by Colonel Michael B. Menard and Dr. Nicholas Labadie, prominent Galvestonians. Colonel Menard is to be remembered as one of the founders of the City of Galveston.On February 6, 1842, one month before his consecration as a bishop, Odin dedicated the completed structure to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The small, rectangular building measured 22ft. Odin, now the Apostolic Vicar of Texas, purchased a five-room cottage as the episcopal residence. He made an addition to the church structure of a small sacristy, and bought thirty benches for the convenience of his parishioners. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to St Mary's Cathedral Basilica and many more Galveston attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Galveston trip itinerary planning site.
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  • This is beautiful church that merits your effort to get to see it on the inside as well as the outside. I have wanted to go inside for years, but it never fit into our plans, or it was not open... 
    This is beautiful church that merits your effort to get to see it on the inside as well as the outside. I have wanted to go inside for years, but it never fit into our plans, or it was not open...  more »
  • We visited St Mary’s Cathedral Basilica on Sunday, June 20, 2021. The Basilica currently only has one mass a week on Sundays at 1230pm. You can visit before, during and/or after that mass. It’s a... 
    We visited St Mary’s Cathedral Basilica on Sunday, June 20, 2021. The Basilica currently only has one mass a week on Sundays at 1230pm. You can visit before, during and/or after that mass. It’s a...  more »
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  • Very beautiful Cathedral. They played the organ with all the pipes
  • Love it there.beautiful church

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