Cathedral of the Madeleine marks 100 years as spiritual home for Utah Catholics

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  • Doodles
    Aug. 8, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    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.

  • Awe
    Aug. 8, 2009 1:01 p.m.

    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.

  • SZD
    Aug. 8, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    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!

  • remembering
    Aug. 8, 2009 9:16 a.m.

    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?

  • Admirer from far east
    Aug. 8, 2009 8:32 a.m.

    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 .

  • Admirer
    Aug. 8, 2009 7:52 a.m.

    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.

  • used to
    Aug. 8, 2009 7:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Catholic, active again
    Aug. 8, 2009 3:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Mormon convert from Catholicism
    Aug. 8, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    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!

  • Bach enthusiast
    Aug. 7, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    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.

  • For Hero
    Aug. 7, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Hero of Canton
    Aug. 7, 2009 10:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Alpine Observer
    Aug. 7, 2009 9:22 p.m.

    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!

  • Correction
    Aug. 7, 2009 6:54 p.m.

    For Historical Building@2:14
    I 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 was necessary.

  • Catholic
    Aug. 7, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 7, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    Another non-catholic here who thinks the cathedral is beautiful! What amazing art.

  • Boise brother
    Aug. 7, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    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!

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 7, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    I'm another non-Catholic who greatly admires the Cathedral.

  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
    Aug. 7, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    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.

  • yes
    Aug. 7, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    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 Catholic.

  • Henry Drummond
    Aug. 7, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    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.

  • Historical building
    Aug. 7, 2009 2:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Arizona Reader
    Aug. 7, 2009 2:03 p.m.

    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.