Historical Events

Cathedral events that marked history throughout the calendar year:

 

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

April 9: Consecration of Saint Cecilia Cathedral (1959)

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

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

August 7: Omaha diocese elevated to Archdiocese (1945)

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

October 6: Saint Cecilia Cathedral Cornerstone parade (1907)

December 2: Dedication of Saint Cecilia's Parish (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