“A vision founded in faith”
The site for the building of the Cathedral church was selected by Bishop John Carroll. It was purchased in 1905 through a generous contribution made by Thomas Cruse. Mr. A. O. Von Herbulis of Washington, D.C. was commissioned to be the architect. Mr. Von Herbulis was trained abroad and was chosen because of his extensive knowledge of the Cathedrals of Europe. Mr. Von Herbulis submitted architectual sketches in two styles, Romanesque and Gothic. When the drawings were presented, the Gothic form was chosen and approved unanimously by the Building Committee and Advisory Board. Columbia Construction Company of New York began construction of the Cathedral in 1908, with the cornerstone laid on October 4th that year. On November 8, 1914 the Catholic community of Helena gathered to celebrate the Eucharist for the first time in the new church. The first funeral held in the Cathedral was that of Mr. Thomas Cruse, loyal friend and Cathedral benefactor on December 26, 1914. The Cathedral was not completed for another 10 years. In June of 1924 the Cathedral was consecrated and set aside for the exclusive worship of God. The Cathedral was renovated in 1982-1983 under the direction of Bishop Elden F. Curtiss. This renovation was to fully address the Liturgical Reform of the Second Vatican Council. Extensive repairs to the stained glass windows was also undertaken by the late Fr. Daniel Hillen . In 1999-2000 repairs to the interior columns was completed. The columns had been damaged in the Montana Rail Link train crash of February 1989 and its resulting explosion. The most recent renovation of the Cathedral begin 2002 under the direction of Bishop Robert C. Morlino continues today under Bishop George Leo Thomas. Both the upper and lower levels of the Cathedral were renovated. The lower level was completely remodeled to include the two new social halls and a complete renovated kitchen. The lower level was named in honor of the First Bishop of Helena, John B. Brondel. The upper level renovation included the sanctuary, Saint Joseph’s Chapel, new baptistry, and the installation of the elevator in the North Transept. Physical plant enhancements include a new heating system, renovated Chime System, renovated and enhanced pipe organ, restoration of the Stained Glass and covering their exterior surfaces with laminated plate glass, installation of new a sound system, construction of a new confessional, the removal of the old St Helena Grade School, construction and landscaping of a new main parking lot and exterior upgrade to the Faith Formation/Office building.
Awesome, humbling, inspiring. The architecture alone is worth the trip. A top ranked place of worship for sure.
In addition, take a walk around the surrounding neighborhoods and see all the historic homes that are in great shape and we'll manicured.
Gorgeous. Didn’t expect to find something like this in Montana. great for a quick stop on a road trip
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