Archbishop Ireland Exhibit Opening, March 18

Archbishop Ireland Exhibit Opening
Sunday, March 18
Hayden Hall & Cathedral Museum (Cathedral lower level)

The Cathedral of Saint Paul will open exhibits marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Archbishop John Ireland on the weekend of Saint Patrick’s Day—a fitting way to honor the man named Ireland. The exhibit in Hayden Hall, Archbishop John Ireland and the Catholic Church in America—covers the life of Ireland. It begins with a collection of photos and documents that introduce John Ireland—Immigrant, Priest, Chaplain, Pastor. It ends with the documentation of the accomplished life of the man called “The Consecrated Blizzard of the Northwest.” More than just the Archbishop who built the Cathedral and the Basilica of Saint Mary, Ireland was prelate and patriot. His dynamic leadership swept across the region—and the country: neither would ever be the same again.

The centerpiece of the Cathedral museum exhibit is Archbishop Ireland’s mitre, one-hundred-and-thirty years old, restored by a grant from the Cathedral Heritage Foundation. Among other artifacts in the museum exhibit are: Ireland’s death mask, his walking stick, a set of his vestments, and his signature in an 1861 parish Baptismal record book: he performed his first Baptism the day after his ordination, December 22, 1861. He signed his name in Latin.

Both exhibits open after Mass on March 18, just in time for the Men’s Association’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day breakfast.

For more information, please contact Celeste R. Raspanti, Cathedral Archivist: 651-228-1766, ext.336.