Historical Events

 

Cathedral events that marked history throughout the calendar year:

January 7: Bp. Richard Scannell dies suddenly in Omaha (he decided and spent 15 years to build Saint Cecilia Cathedral (1916)

January 25: Saint Cecilia Cathedral placed on National Register of Historic Places (1979)

February 4: Fr. Daniel P. Harrington, the only Saint Cecilia pastor to die while in office, also the first pastor of Saint Cecilia Cathedral parish (1919)

March 10: Fr. Edward Hunkeler, pastor of Saint Cecilia Cathedral Parish from 1936 to 1945, named bishop of the Diocese of Grand Island, only pastor to be named a bishop (1945)

March: Incorporation of Saint Cecilia Parish (4117 Hamilton Street) (1888)

April 9: Consecration of Saint Cecilia Cathedral (1959)

May 5: Saint Cecilia's Parish is incorporated (1889)

May 22: Saint Cecilia Cathedral recognized by the Landmark of the City of Omaha commission (1979)

June: First graduating class from Cathedral High School (1923)

August: First class of freshman accepted into Cathedral High School (1919)

August: First lay principals of the parish grade school and the high school (1972)

August 7: Diocese of Omaha raised to the rank of Archdiocese (1959)

September 23-25: National Eucharistic Congress held at Saint Cecilia Cathedral (1930)

October 6: Cornerstone laid at Saint Cecilia Cathedral (1907)

October 7: Opening day for the Saint Cecilia Cathedral School (1907)

November 25: First weekend Masses in Saint Cecilia Cathedral following the destruction of the original parish church, continuous since (1917)

December 2: First Mass and dedication of the original parish church at 4117 Hamilton Street (1888)

December 21: Saint Cecilia Cathedral used for the first time (1916)

 


Timeline of Saint Cecilia Cathedral

1888: Dedication of Saint Cecilia's Parish (December 2)

1889: Saint Cecilia's Parish incorporated (May 5)

1901: Saint Cecilia's Parish selected to be the Cathedral for the Diocese (May)

1903: Location (40th Street and Burt Street) of Cathedral selected 

1904: Plans for the Cathedral approved (May)

1905: Groundbreaking on Saint Cecilia Cathedral (May)

1907: Saint Cecilia Cathedral Cornerstone parade (October 6)

1916: Saint Cecilia Cathedral used for the first time (December 21)

1918: Interior beautification began in the Cathderal

1919: Cathedral main altar installed (April)

1940: High altar with bronze crucifix and marble communion rail installed 

1944: Pulpit installed

1945: Omaha diocese elevated to Archdiocese (August 7)

1946: Work on stained glass windows began

1948: Stations of the Cross installed

1951: Windows completed

1952: Dome repainted with Saint Cecilia as the central figure

1958: Twin towers capped with bronze crosses

1958: Consecration and installation of bells (October)

1959: Consecration of Saint Cecilia Cathedral (April 9)

1979: Saint Cecilia Cathedral placed on National Register of Historic Places (January 25)

1979: Saint Cecilia Cathedral honored as a Landmark of the City of Omaha (May 22)

1980: Jubilee celebration

1990's: Restoration work on Cathedral interior

2000: Restoration and renovation unveiled

 

  Cathedral History