St. Joseph Cathedral serves as the spiritual guidance for members of the Sioux Falls Catholic diocese. The cathedral, completed in 1918 after a three-year construction project, serves as the primary place of worship in the city. The cathedral stands tall above the city’s downtown skyline.
The cathedral was constructed in a Romanesque and French renaissance style by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray. It was designed based on the St. Paul, Minnesota, cathedral. Cathedrals usually are well-adorned. St. Joseph has its beauty – stained glass windows, art and altar area.
The walls follow the Stations of the Cross (when Jesus was crucified). One piece shows Jesus being nailed to the cross. This always gets to me, imagining the pain this man went through for the love he had for the people and for God.
The second piece I always find interesting is the looks of the people as he dies on the cross. His followers look lovingly upon him. Then, you have the Roman soldiers, who carried out their orders and killed him. You have to wonder if they had second thoughts. Can you imagine trying to explain later how you want in heaven despite killing the Son of God?
The Sioux Falls cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows. I don’t think there is a prettier view than the sunlight coming through a stained glass pane. This cathedral has quite a few stained glass windows and they shine brightly.
At the front of the church is a high marble altar. It’s a beautiful spot in the cathedral.
The arches of the cathedral were impressive. They add to the beauty of the cathedral.
The Sioux Falls cathedral doesn’t leave the beauty of the cathedral indoors. Displays to the side of the cathedral honor the Virgin Mary, families and lost children.
People place flowers at the feet of a statue of Mary, mother of Jesus. She’s even holds some roses. A small garden is located in front of the sculpture.
A display honoring children lost through a variety of reasons shows a boy and girl at play.
The cathedral offers guided tours during the week and self-guided tours on the weekends. For more information on the St. Joseph Cathedral, please visit www.stjosephcathedral.net.