Birmingham, Alabama, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its city charter on December 19 and its oldest religious congregations will all celebrate their 150th anniversary next year. Among these is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul. Its current building was begun in 1890 and completed in 1893, making it the fourth oldest church building in central Birmingham (after First Presbyterian, Cathedral Church of the Advent, and First United Methodist). Initially a parish church, when the Diocese of Birmingham was created in 1969, it became its cathedral.
Later this month I publish an essay on the cathedral and its musical life written by Samford University Students on Magic City Religion. Look for it there. Last year, we published an essay on its Good Shepherd window dedicated to its first priest.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can read much more about its architecture and history there.
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Read this first post for more on this series on Birmingham churches and their cornerstones.