Holy Name Cathedral: then and now

By Karen Callaway | Photo editor
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Holy Name Cathedral: then and now

As the mother church of the archdiocese, Holy Name Cathedral, at State and Superior streets, is the site of numerous major events in the life of the local church. Take a look back at some of the regular events, then and now.
THEN: Couples married 25 years or more renew their marriage vows at Holy Name Cathedral on March 22, 1947. Msgr. Patrick Hayes, pastor, congratulates (left) Mr. and Mrs. John F. Walsh of St. Cyril Parish and (right) Capt. and Mrs. Paul V. Pallasch of St. John Berchmans Parish. (Chicago Catholic file photo)
NOW: Dorry and Earl Dahl, members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Streamwood, renew their vows at the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at the cathedral on Sept. 9. (Karen Callaway photo)
THEN: worshippers pack the cathedral for Midnight Mass in 1949. (Chicago Catholic file photo)
NOW: worshippers pack the cathedral for Midnight Mass in 2014. (Chicago Catholic file photo)
THEN: on Feb. 13, 1953, Father George Halpin lights palms from the previous year to be used for Ash Wednesday at the cathedral. With him are Father Robert Herne and Holy Family Sisters M. Felix and M. Anthony. (Chicago Catholic file photo)
NOW: David Sokolowski burns palms from the previous year during a Shrove Tuesday service, Feb. 5, 2008, at the cathedral. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
THEN: During Midnight Mass in 1976, Cardinal John Cody and some children view the Nativity scene at Holy Name Cathedral. (Chicago Catholic file photo)
NOW: Then-Archbishop Cupich incenses the creche at the beginning of Midnight Mass at Holy Name Cathedral 2014. It was his first Midnight Mass as the new archbishop of Chicago. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)
THEN: in June 1998 members of the cathedral choir pose during a rehearsal for an upcoming European concert tour. (Chicago Catholic file photo)
NOW: the cathedral choir stands during a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa at cathedral on Sept. 25, 2016. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)


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