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Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex

 
 
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
1. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex Marker
Inscription. When Poste du Rapides was established in Pineville the Catholic mission of St. Louis des Apalachees was founded. Mass was said in private homes in the new town of Alexandria. A chapel built in 1817 was the first church of any denomination in this city. St. Francis Xavier Church was built in 1834 on Front Street. Rev. Leonard Menard envisioned a larger place of worship. The cornerstone of the present edifice was laid on the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, December 3, 1895. A few weeks later the original church burned. The first Mass was celebrated in this Gothic Revival structure November 27, 1899. Sand for mortar was dug from the Red River bed and floors of native pine were laid. In 1907 the belfry was added: the clock installed the following year. The Rectory, first built in 1896, was extensively renovated in 1930. St. Francis Xavier Academy, erected in 1897, was remodeled and enlarged in 1907. Bishop Cornelius Van de Ven petitioned Rome to transfer the See city from Natchitoches to centrally located Alexandria. Thus, on August 6, 1910, St. Francis Xavier Church became the Cathedral. These 3 buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Cathedral complex.
 
Erected 1988 by Central Cities Development Corporation.
 
Location.
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
2. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex Marker
with Rectory building.
31° 18.765′ N, 92° 26.873′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on 4th Street west of Elliott Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 626 Fourth Street, Alexandria LA 71301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emmanuel Baptist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hotel Bentley (about 800 feet away); Alexandria's Oldest Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louisiana Maneuvers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Guaranty Eagles (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Courtland Manning (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Rapides Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rapides Parish Governors (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .
1. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
2. Alexandria Retrospective - St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
3. Wikipedia - St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
 
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St. Francis Xavier Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
3. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
St. Francis Xavier Academy image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
4. St. Francis Xavier Academy
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
5. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
6. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex
Seen from the back of the complex from the Board of Education parking lot.
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
7. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
1853 – 2003
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Alexandria (formerly Natchitoches), the Church of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria, La. founded in 1834, is given the title of Protoparish, with rank and title granted in perpetuity.

Most Reverend Sam G. Jacobs
Bishop of Alexandria
 
 
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