Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bells Toll for Anniversary: Cathedral Marks 100 Years

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bells Toll for Anniversary: Cathedral Marks 100 Years

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The world was in a state of financial collapse in 1913 when the 44-metre spire of Saskatoon's Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist was capped on Oct. 11, symbolically marking the end of construction. The interior would not be completed for another five years, but a bell tower remained unfinished until this year.

To prepare for the 100th anniversary of the parish, the congregation of St. John the Evangelist is finishing the long-neglected bell tower.

The newly installed clock now peals the notes of Big Ben to mark the hours. Said Bill Latshaw, a parish member who conducts tours of the cathedral, "The chimes are the tubular ones from the original St. John's Church where the parish began in 1902."

Archbishop Tom Morgan said the cathedral looks like it was designed for India, but somehow it found its way to Saskatoon. "With its red brick and terra cotta exterior, it could easily have fit in India. There is certainly nothing like it anywhere else in Canada," said the archbishop.

The cornerstone of the building was laid Sept. 2, 1912, by then-governor general, the Duke of Connaught. The first services were held in the church on Oct. 7, 1917. At that point, said St. John's current rector, Dean Susan Charbonneau, the building was not yet a cathedral. "That designation comes when a church is the see or seat of the bishop. That happened in 1932," said Ms. Charbonneau.

Mr. Latshaw describes the design of the church as early English/Gothic or Gothic Revival. …

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