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Friday, January 29, 2016

We Salute You, Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa!

Well, we WOULD...except you don't have any diocesan history on your webpage. 


 Their Cathedral of the Epiphany, on the other hand, has a nice history page.


In 1867, the first resident pastor came to serve the Catholic community in the parish church which was built five years previously in Sioux City. Until that time, Sioux City was a mission territory.
The Cathedral of the Epiphany was begun in 1891 as St. Mary’s Church. Father Timothy Treacy was the pastor at the time.
On April 5, 1892 , Bishop Hennessy ordained Thomas McCarty to the priesthood. Father McCarty was a member of St. Mary’s Parish and the first young man from Sioux City to become a priest. Several days after his ordination, Father McCarty came to Sioux City and offered his first Mass in the large hall of St. Mary’s School. St. Mary’s School, which was constructed in 1889 at a cost of $30,000, was located on the Southeast corner of 10th and Grandview Streets.
A new church building was planned and was intended to serve the pastoral needs of a growing number of Catholics who lived in the central part of Sioux City . The parish was made up an ethnically diverse group of immigrant parishioners with Irish and Germans being the predominant group. In 1892, a nationwide economic depression threatened the local economy and completion of the building project was postponed.
For a period of nearly 10 years, the members of St. Mary’s Parish worshipped in the basement of the present church building. Once the Diocese of Sioux City was established in 1902, it was decided that St. Mary’s Church would serve as the Cathedral. The church was incomplete at that date, and it was recommended that the upper church also be completed. The building was dedicated as the Cathedral of the Epiphany on Sept. 8, 1904 .

And let's add The Blessed Theresa of Calcutta Church in  Dakota Dunes to our list of ugly churches!