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OCATH_081009_012.JPG: 1845 1945
The first conference of
the Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul
in the United States
was organized here at
this venerable cathedral
one hundred years ago.
The delegates of the
Society in convention
assembled, Oct. 1, 1945
place this tablet to
centennial of the
OCATH_081009_015.JPG: The venerable servant of god,
Felix de Andreis CM as superior of the
American Vincentian Mission and Vicar
General of the diocese, on December 3,
1818, inaugurated here the novitiate of
the congregation of the mission in the
United States. The first novices were
Andrew Ferrari, CM Francis Xavier
Dahmen, CM and Joseph Tichitoli, CM.
They were some of the first
missionaries to the American Midwest.
The following year, Joseph Rosati, CM
first bishop of St. Louis, transferred the
novitiate to Saint Mary's of the Barrens,
Perryville, Missouri. The Vincentian
Community erects this memorial to our
pioneers on the feast of Saint Vincent
De Paul, September 27, 1979.
OCATH_081009_092.JPG: The Coronation of St. Louis IX, King of France:
Above is a painting of the coronation of St. Louis as the ninth king of France. The painting depicts the saint kneeling before the altar on the night before his coronation. Louis was canonized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1297. The painting was a gift of Louis XVIII to Bishop Dubourg in 1818.
The painting was restored in 1949 and again in 1999.
OCATH_081009_105.JPG: Basilica of Saint Louis, King:
On this location, the first church of St. Louis,
a small wood structure, was blessed on June 24,
1770. Six years later, it was replaced by a
larger church of white oak timbers blessed
and used for divine service for the first time in
early summer of 1776. It also served as the
cathedral for the installation of Bishop Louis
DuBourg, the bishop of Louisiana and the
Floridas, who took up residence here January 5,
1818. Little more than two months later, on March
29, 1818, the cornerstone for a brick cathedral was
blessed and placed. The brick cathedral destined
to remain unfinished was supplanted by the
present stone church. Bishop Joseph Rosati, CM,
blessed the cornerstone on August 1, 1831 and
solemnly consecrated this church on October
26, 1834. On October 18, 1914, the title of
"cathedral" creased when the present cathedral
located on the western edge of the city was
blessed. However, on January 25, 1961, Pope
John XXIII designated this historic church
a basilica, thereby conferring on it worldwide
recognition. Today this is the Basilica of
Saint Louis, King, popularly:
The Old Cathedral
Plaque erected by Knights of Columbus, 1916
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Wikipedia Description: Basilica of St. Louis, King of France
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The Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, formerly the Cathedral of Saint Louis, and colloquially the Old Cathedral, was consecrated in 1834. It was the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River and until 1845 the only parish church in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of two basilicas in St. Louis, and is named after Louis IX of France, the patron saint of the City of Saint Louis. The edifice stands as a symbol of the French Catholic roots of the Archdiocese and City of Saint Louis.
It is located on the historic riverfront of Saint Louis, near the Gateway Arch. Because of the historical significance of the church, it was left intact while the neighboring buildings were all torn down to make way for the Gateway Arch.
Built in Greek Revival style, the church is especially noted for its elegant marble altars, a painting of Saint Louis venerating the Crown of Thorns given by Louis XVIII, King of France and Navarre, and an accurate copy of the painting of the Crucifixion by Diego Velázquez installed in the church in the latter half of the twentieth century.
The church basement has a number of artifacts associated with the history of the Diocese (and later, Archdiocese) of St. Louis. Bishop Joseph Rosati, who had the church built, is buried within a vault underneath the sanctuary.
The church is the only building that is in its original location that can be traced back to the founding of St. Louis in 1764. Pierre Laclede who established the town dedicated the square just west of his home. A small log house was built on the site in 1770. A cemetery was established on the side of the building in which all the early founders of St. Louis were buried.
Pedro Piernas, the lieutenant governor of all of the Louisiana Purchase area north of modern day Louisiana, donated the bell (which is still visible in the Cathedral museum.
In 1826 after the establishment of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis, the first bishop Joseph Rosati laid a cornerstone for the building in 1831. It was dedicated in 1834 and was the first Cathedral west of the Mississippi River.
It was designed by the firm of Lavielle and Morton, which also designed the early buildings at Jefferson Barracks as well as the 1826 courthouse on the Old Courthouse site. The firm is reported to the first architect firm west of the Mississippi River above New Orleans. Joseph Laveille as street commissioner in 1823-26 was the one who devised the city's street name grid with ordinal numbers for north south streets and arboral names for the east-west streets.
Engraved in gold over the entrance are the words "IN HONOREM S. LUDOVICI. DEO UNI ET TRINO DICATUM. A. MDCCCXXXIV" which translates as "IN HONOR OF ST. LOUIS. DEDICATED TO THE ONE AND TRIUNE GOD. A.D. 1834.". The Hebrew name for Yahweh is above the engraving on the main entrance.
The first meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the United States was held at the Cathedral in 1845.
In the 1840s and 1850s, bodies in the cemetery were moved to the Bellefontaine Cemetery.
In 1914 a new larger church New Cathedral was built on Lindell Boulevard.
On Christmas 1922, a High Mass was broadcast on KSD and is claimed to be the first broadcast a Holy Mass over the radio.
In 1936 when the City of St. Louis and the United States government began buying the entire original town plat of St. Louis to form, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the church was the only structure that was not sold.
On January 26, 1961 Pope John XXIII designated it a Basilica, giving it the present name, the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France
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