Saturday, March 29, 2014
inSPIREd Sunday and Monday Mural - Tucson AZ
Sally hosts inSPIREd Sunday!
I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.
March 2014 - Tucson AZ
The cathedral parish’s history began with the founding of the chapel of the Royal Presidio of San Agustine in Tucson, which was constructed in 1776. By the 1800s, both the presidio and its chapel had fallen out of use, so Father Joseph Machebeuf was sent to survey the condition of the area in the 1860s. He advised the Bishop of Santa Fe that a priest should be assigned to the location, which had a population of 600 people. Father Jean B. Salpointe was appointed as pastor of the new church in 1866.
Work on the structure—commonly referred to as a cathedral, even then—was completed by 1868.
The Holy See declared the territory of Arizona an apostolic vicariate later that year, and Salpointe was appointed Vicar Apostolic.
Above the entry is a bronze statue of St. Augustine, the patron saint of Tucson.