Historical Information about the Parish
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New historical photos
A local photographer, Esther Monk, took many historical photos in the 1940s and 1950s, and through Rozanne Shanks, we recently received some of them back. They show the inside of the Cathedral, the consecration of Bishop Leo Fahey, with a group photo on the steps of the Cathedral, and a photo of the Academy Chapel. (click to enlarge)
Some great pictures from the 1950s
A former parishioner just gave me some beautiful pictures of the Cathedral as it looked in the 1950s. Click on each to enlarge, as follows
1. The first one is of Mass in 1954.
2. The second is a detail of the same photo.
3. The third is of a Solemn Mass with Bishop Leipzig presiding.
4. The fourth is a group photo of the Knights of Columbus in 1953.
5. The fifth is a group photo of the Knights in 1954.
6. The last one is during a Mass in 1968.
A 1907 line-drawing of the Cathedral
This is a recently discovered original line-drawing of the Cathedral just after it was built. It was printed in the local newspaper back in 1907.
(click the picture to enlarge even more)
Four eras of our Cathedral
1910, two years after it was opened
In 1954 during a Wedding
and before the renovation of 1958
In 1977, during a Wedding
In 1980, just before the last major renovation
Until 2007, when the last renovation took place
The present Cathedral, re-dedicated on October 25, 2007, and admired by all parishioners and visitors.
The Bishops of the Baker Diocese
Bishop Charles O'Reilly, Bishop Charles McGrath
our founding Bishop, who served from
who was also responsible for building during the recession and the
the Cathedral of St Francis de Sales turbulent years of World War II
1903-1918 1918 - 1950
Bishop Francis Leipzig Auxiliary Bishop Leo Fahey
who served during the transitional who was designated to follow
years of Vatican Council II Bishop McGrath, but died prematurely.
1950 until 1971 1948-1950
Bishop Thomas Connolly Bishop Robert F. Vasa
originally from Nevada, originally from Nebraska, was
moved the Chancery Offices from consecrated at the turn of the new millenium,
Baker City to Bend in the mid-80s and helped celebrate our centennial in 2003
1971 - 1999 2000 - 2011
Bishop-elect Liam Stephen Cary
Originally from Oregon, ordained priest in 1992.
Appointed as new Bishop of Baker on March 8, 2012.
To be consecrated May 18, 2012
at St Francis of Assisi church, Bend, Oregon
2012 - present
A pictorial photo-album from St. Francis Academy
Academy Chapel 1929 Yearbook Staff in session
1929 Class in session 1930 Student Council
Academy Orchestra 1929 Basketball Team
Academy Class of 1934 1930 class in session
Typing Class in session Academy Class of 1929
Second Floor Corridor Art Class in session
Girls Basketball team of 1928 French Class in session
Main door of the Academy Another class in session
Students at the Academy in the 1960s