St. Mary's Cathedral
St. Mary's Cathedral

1111 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

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information about St. Mary's Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, known familiarly as St. Mary's Cathedral, in San Francisco has become a landmark that annually draws thousands of people to this sacred structure, which combines the rich traditions of the Catholic faith with modern technology. The existing St. Mary's Cathedral is the third such church that has served the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Old St. Mary's, built in 1854, is located on California Street at Grant Avenue. A second St. Mary's Cathedral was built on Van Ness Avenue in 1891, but this structure was destroyed by fire in 1962. The current church's ground was broken in August 1965 and Apostolic Delegate Luigi Raimondi blessed the cornerstone on December 13, 1967. The building was completed in 1970. The new cathedral was formally blessed on May 5,197 1, again with Cardinal Raimondi presiding, and ceremonies completing its dedication took place on October 5, 1996 with Archbishop William J. Levada presiding. More than one hundred priests and half-a-dozen bishops have been ordained at St Mary's Cathedral. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral during his visit to San Francisco in 1987.

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