Holy Name of Mary Church, Sault Ste. Marie

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Holy Name of Mary Proto-Cathedral, also known as St. Mary Proto-Cathedral, is a historic Roman Catholic parish church in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States that was formerly a cathedral church and the first Cathedral, hence "Proto-Cathedral", of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette. It is the oldest parish and oldest cathedral parish in Michigan, and the third oldest parish in the United States (after those in St. Augustine, Florida and Santa Fe, New Mexico). While the present church edifice, the fifth for the Parish, dates from 1881, the Parish began in 1668 as a Jesuit mission. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and designated a State of Michigan historic site in 1989. The Proto-Cathedral was the (first) Cathedral of the Diocese of Marquette when it was denominated the "Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie", which diocesan title is presently that of a titular episcopal see.
Holy Name of Mary was begun by Jesuits in 1668. On January 9, 1857 Bl. Pope Pius IX erected the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and the Church was named the Cathedral Church of the new Diocese, being the first cathedral in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ven. Irenaeus Frederic Baraga became its first Bishop. In 1865, the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie became the Diocese of Marquette and St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette became the Cathedral in its stead.
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  • The church is open so you can go in to see the alter and the stained glass windows, Very high pretty ceiling.  more »
  • Although this is the third oldest parish in the US this church is actually the 5th structure built in 1880. According to the little History booklet which you can find in the church it is built in...  more »
  • Just beautiful! Took me back to the days of parochial school growing up. A very comforting place to visit.
  • Both the interior and exterior are beautiful, and even if you are not a Christian, you will be impressed with your heart.

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