[This post is dedicated to the late Mr. and Mrs. Rosemeck.]
I want to introduce a new friend of mine, the magnificent Cathedral of St. Anthony. The building was dedicated in 1901, and the cornerstone was laid by Bishop Foley himself. Designed by Donaldson and Meier, who have a few other beauties that bear their insignia, and I will get into the deep history a bit later – but this firm also designed the David Stott Building.
Let’s do the mug shots, and then take a look inside. (this will be the first of a series of posts on St. Anthony)
Special thanks to my new friend Mt. Rev. Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig for inviting me to visit the church and to take all time I wanted exploring and photographing the building. This congregation is Ecumenical Catholic, and they invite ALL denominations and faiths and persuasions to come visit or worship with them.
Here is the International website:
Cathedral of St. Anthony should have it’s own website in a few weeks, which will include updated information, links, photos and more.
Services are at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Park in the back fenced area, come in the side door.
Here is her pedigree, which speaks for itself. I will be researching all the actual artists that did the interiors later, but this is a good historical overview.
Here is the cornerstone laid by Bishop Foley. Many people know him as the namesake for a prominent local Catholic high school.
Some beautiful sandstone details, but enough teasing – let us head inside.
Here is your straight and square overview. Shes looking pretty hot for being 110 years old, eh ?
We are starting at the Romanesque marble alter, and working back to the rear balcony.
I am wrapping up the first post on Cathedral of St. Anthony by introducing another new and very special friend, Opus 8055. This wonderful instrument was made part of the Cathedral in 1950, and its name is also it’s literal serial number sequence. Meaning: this was organ number 8,055 made and installed by M.P. Möller. Their post WWII instruments are fine art instruments of world class quality and many are priceless. (Westpoint Academy has one of the best) Opus 8055 is a two level model with full pedal board. I heard it briefly, and she did NOT disappoint !! Mrs. dFunk and I have the honor of helping to restore this masterpiece to usability, so that it may be used during services. It is in full working order as far as we can tell, just suffering some damage to the bakelite knobs which is typical for objects from this pre-plastic polymer time period. Once I replace those with recast duplicates, she will be singing her glories again. Little bit of elbow grease and some Murphy’s oil soap, and this will be one happy Opus !
A word to the wise, and to the not so wise. (And I mean this most respectfully, as this a place that welcomes people and is here to help the community and be a part of the community.) The church has already been victimized once, and lost a sizable amount of copper. This will not be happening again. These are good church people, but they are not naive. Anyone unfortunate enough to venture onto the property with ill intent now will meet St. Anthony’s resident Great Danes, who are not shy at all ! Members live in the Rectory, and the building is being monitored 24/7 – a process which will be greatly enhanced after a bit more work.
To the graffiti artists who painted the school building. Enough. You know that I know who you all are, so I am respectfully asking that you leave this one alone. Peace.
They are new congregation looking to help this troubled neighborhood, and to become part of the solutions needed to save the City of Detroit. Back me up on this one folks. The church is near the Faygo Factory, a block from East Grand Boulevard, and a few blocks from the Packard Plant.
“Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus”