My grandmother lived across the street from the cathedral when I was growing up,
It was wonderful to look up at those spires every week from the sidewalk and
look into the upper windows from Grandma's living room. I have always loved
this building. I have visited mass in the cathedral several times
and found it a profoundly reverent and thoughtful experience. I have also taken
my children to mass so they too could enjoy the thoughtful reverence in this
beautiful church. It is a wonderful part of Salt Lake City.
While in college, myself and a group of students studying various religions
decided to visit some of the other places of worship in SLC. Needless to say,
the Cathedral was on top of our list. As we looked at the beautiful stained
glass and the marvelous architecture, we couldn't help but be astounded by its
beauty. I was moved by the experience as I learned more of the history of the
Cathedral and the great sacrifices made to see it become the beautiful structure
it is.The Cathedral of the Madeleine is one of our state's
treasures. I look forward to seeing it continue for another 100 years as a
landmark to any and all who enter its walls.
It is beautiful building! As a young woman, I lived on B Street and would walk
past the Cathedral twice a day, to work on South Temple. On occasion I would go
inside and look around. Several decades later it was a great honor
for my husband and me to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for an overflow
congregation in the renovated Cathedral. There was such a glorious air of
concord, unity and brotherhood!Best wishes for another 100 years!
I miss the silence so necessary for reviewing your past transgressions & is
most welcome . It's true someone needs to support the churches to
send the message of love and harmon that Jesus came to teach us. We are slow to
learn so the Catholic is one of them. Yes this is beautiful, after all the
visible things disappear we have our selves to turn to. How much did we learn
that was thought to cary on while we are in this mortal state. Will it be just
what we see?
I lived in SLC for 5 years from 1995 and I have great memories about the
cathedral. Fantastic architecture and the peace it creates in your mind is
amazing. I used drive long with family to attend mass here almost every week.
When I was working in downtown I used to walk to the church during lunch breaks
and soak in the beauty and serenity that it gives inside whenever I get time.
Even though I moved out and currently living in India. The memories of the
church and images are fresh in my mind. Yes, it is Mormon land but
understanding each other and living in harmony with respect is all about
humanity. Congratulation to SLC diocese. Wish 100 more years for the Church .
Though I do not belong to any denomination, one can not help but stand in awe of
this building. When I bring work associates to SLC, this is one of the first
things I show them. May this Cathedral last another 100 years.
I worked as a teenager in SLC and had an apartment near the Cathedral. I went
over and played basketball with the kids. There was love and warmth on the
playground. Very good memories. Thanks everyone.
So, I guess I chose a great time to become active again in the church. This past
year has truly been a blessing and I have finally opened my heart to learning
about the Lord and growing to become a person more at peace with myself. My
conversion comes after many years of struggling with my immigrant family and
lack of dedication covered up with excuses.I am happy and excited
for this event. I will be there on the 16th for the Mass and will visit and
learn as much as I can about our Cathedral and my Catholic faith.
Although I may be Mormon now, I love our cathedral here in Salt Lake City. I
lived in Southern Europe, South America, among other places, and we surely have
a pretty building here. As Utah resident I am proud of the amazing building we
have here. I hope we celebrate the love the fight of the early catholics in Utah
in their belief for a higher being!
As a huge fan of the music of Bach being performed in cathedrals, I listened to
Father Sean Duggan (concert pianist/Catholic monk) perform the complete solo
keyboard works of J.S. Bach in June of 2000 as part of the Bachauer Festival and
250th anniversary of the death of Bach. Every recital (I believe there were 12
in total) was performed at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.This was a
turning point in my life in my musical aspirations, as it opened my eyes to how
beautiful the music of Bach can be while played in a more religious setting.
The sound in the cathedral was incredible, and the performer's humility and
divine playing only added to the amazing experiences I enjoyed there.Congratulations to the Catholic Church in Salt Lake City on the 100th
anniversary of a beautiful building! Please continue to have great religious
concerts there as well.
What a beautiful gesture in memory of your grandmother. I go to Mass rather
regulary but espcially mid July, the anniversary of my grandmother's death. One
thing you might want to do, only if you want, is during the Prayers or Petitions
of the Faithful, there is a pause to add your own intentions. I always whisper
my grandmother's name. It, to me, makes it really special and makes me feel a
communion with her. Best wishes to you.
I served an LDS Mission in France and had the opportunity to participate in Mass
several times in cathedrals from 1200-1300 AD. When I came home, I often
thought how much I missed the beautiful architecture of a Catholic cathedral and
now I am reminded of one of the most beautiful here in the US resides in Salt
Lake.No matter what denomination, I think we can all appreciate the
dedication it took for the members of the catholic to raise the funds and create
such a magnificent building. To love God that much is truly a testament to
their faith in their Lord and a willingness to forsake all for the Kingdom. I think I will visit the cathedral again this coming week in honor of my
late grandmother, she loved that cathedral and loved going to Mass there.
I enjoyed the organ festival last year and hope for many more opportunities to
sit in the Cathedral, whether for music or the occasional Mass. Thanks to those
who make such opportunities available to the wider community.While I
am not Catholic, I consider that it is the duty of all the faithful of all the
faiths to try to understand one another because, through such effort, faith
grows and expands and we please the Father of us all. I understood English much
better after I studied other languages, and I believe my mind, heart and faith
have been similarly expanded when I have been able to have a dialogue with
people who worship God in a tradition different from my own.All of
this doesn't begin to touch on the debt we owe to the wonderful architects,
builders and donors who put such a magnificent edifice here in Salt Lake CIty.
So, thanks and congratulations to the Catholic community in Utah on the
centenary of the Cathedral - Dominus vobiscum!
For Historical Building@2:14I do hope and pray this comment does not turn
these nice comments into a "doctrinal" flame war. But please be advised, being
Catholic, that we DO tithe. In fact, one thing the LDS might catch on, we can
make our Tithe offerings online in most Dioceses. We love the Lord and
contribute, as we have through the centuries, for the financial well being of
our Brothers and Sisters in the Faith and those not of our Faith. We just do not
require and annual accounting to the Archbishop of our Diocese. We love and
trust the Lord, and are not required to "give an acccounting" in order to join
in the Holy Eucharist. "If you cannot give your millions , you can give the
widow's mite". Thank you and please do not be offended, but I felt a correction
I live in Atlanta but a friend of mine recently was to the Air Force base
outside of SLC. He attends Mass at St. Mary Magdeleine when he can. I want to
thank all members of the LDS Church for your kind Christian remarks about the
Cathedral. It makes me feel good to know that he is among "friends" who respect
our Faith. Bless all of us who are Children of God, no matter which path we
take. God Bless All.
Another non-catholic here who thinks the cathedral is beautiful! What amazing
I've visited the Cathedral on several occasions; it is magnificent, both in and
out.When St. John's Cathedral was built here, in Boise, the leaders
and congregation donated several stained glass windows for the project...
windows that were removed from the Madeleine. Talk about an act of Christian
generosity!I'm LDS, and am happy for the good relations that exist
between the Catholics and Mormons, as a rule. We have much more in common than
our differences.Congratulations on the Century Milestone!
I'm another non-Catholic who greatly admires the Cathedral.
I am not a Catholic but I have attended some wonderful services there. I would
encourage everyone to visit and many places of worship as you can.
What a beautiful church! First time I saw it 45 years ago it was fantastic, and
it has not changed.It cements SLC to the map.And I am not a
Is the open house still in progress? If Carrie Moore or anyone is aware of the
schedule of activities that would be open to the public I would love to drop by
this magnificent building. Any info would be appreciated.
Great article on a wonderful historical building in downtown SLC. if you
haven't seen inside this Cathedral, you are missing something special. as
far as the Catholic Bishop being jealous that Mormon Temples are paid for before
they are built compared to the debt that Catholic churches carry on their
buildings, one word...Tithing!If Catholics required tithing like Mormons,
they would not have any debt.
I'm a Mormon who grew up in Utah and that cathedral is just beautiful. While
attending school at BYU-Idaho we drove down to Salt Lake to tour the cathedral
and speak with some of the clergy there. Thanks for letting us come in and take
a look, congrats on 100 years.