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.
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  • Beautiful Catholic Cathedral-Basilica. Well-worth the visit. This is a beautiful and Holy place. We did not make the mass here, but the building is amazing.  more »
  • Go to daily Mass and enjoy the gorgeous little cathedral basilica. Look for the plaque showing the water line of flooding, and marvel at the church’s restoration. Attend a Sunday Mass to hear the...  more »
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  • This church is my church home. Love the people and service! They also do amazing with their youth Faith Formation classes! Definitely recommend, come visit us!
  • This is the place to go on Sunday at 12:30. You can understand the Pastor. Park right out front. They even play their pipe organ. They have a lady that sings like an Angle. She most likely is an Angle, just has not gotten her wings yet. Tell God that Frank sent you! Make sure you put all your spare change and the money you were going to buy a T-SHIRT with in the basket. This is St. MARY'S CATHEDRAL. Let her know I said "thank you". She knows why! May the glory of God be with you on the Island and each day till the day you get to sit at the right hand and thank him/her in person. I hope I see you there. Church! Well I guess Heaven too. It's just I got a lot of work here to do for God so it may be a decade or two. Lol.

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