French missionary Father Louis Hennepin is abducted by Native Americans and uses this providential “opportunity” to be the first to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Minnesota.
Bishop Mathias Loras, seminary classmate of Saint John Vianney, celebrates the first Mass in the region.
Father Lucien Galtier arrives in the frontier settlement of “Pig’s Eye” to establish a permanent Christian community in the upper Mississippi River valley.
Father Galtier oversees the construction of a primitive log chapel dedicated to the great missionary Apostle Paul and succeeds in having the settlement renamed Saint Paul, later designated as the state’s capital city.
Blessed Pope Pius IX creates the Diocese of Saint Paul appointing Bishop Joseph Cretin, friend of Saint Peter Chanel, as its first bishop.
The cornerstone of the current Cathedral of Saint Paul is blessed by Archbishop John Ireland, beginning the process of building one of the largest cathedrals and greatest monuments of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States.
The first Mass in the fourth Cathedral of Saint Paul is celebrated by Archbishop John Ireland on March 28, Palm Sunday.
Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, later elected Pope Pius XII, visits the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The Ninth “National Eucharistic Congress” is held in Saint Paul.
After more than half a century of construction, Archbishop William Brady solemnly consecrates the great church in a five-hour ceremony.
Cathedral of Saint Paul is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, later elected Pope Benedict XVI, visits the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Pope Benedict XVI opens the jubilee “Year of Saint Paul” in honor of the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of the great apostle—the first time someone other than the Lord Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary is universally honored by the Church in this way.
The Vatican and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops designates the Cathedral of Saint Paul as the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, following a request by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt.
The Vatican establishes a “bond of spiritual affinity” between the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome and the Cathedral of Saint Paul. As a sign of this spiritual closeness, the Cathedral receives the gift of a stone taken from the tomb of Saint Paul.
For information about the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul and the Cathedral of Saint Paul, or to learn more about the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and how you can participate in the preservation of this great monument of faith, contact:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
National Shrine of the Apostle Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102