St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Wollongong

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The Cathedral Saint Francis Xavier, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Wollongong, presently the Most Reverend Peter Ingham.
The Cathedral is the oldest church of any denomination in the Illawarra region.
In 1836 a wooden chapel with seating for 250 people was built for the Catholics of Wollongong. The first Catholic school was opened in 1838. The pioneer priest Father John Rigney decided to build a larger permanent church in 1839.
The church of St Francis Xavier is a stone building in the Gothic style, richly ornamented and large enough to contain 1,500 people. Its estimated cost was 2,000 Pounds.
The building was furnished in 1848 with a splendid Gothic interior. The interior has been greatly altered over the years and apart from the beautiful stained glass window behind the sanctuary and the ceiling over the nave, little exists of the original interior.
The first addition was opened on 6 May 1906. The nave was lengthened by 7.6m, the original shingle roof was replaced by slate. Two galleries, one on each side of the sanctuary were added. In 1933 much damage was done to the interior with the church being widened. In 1951 St Francis Xavier's church was designated as the Cathedral for the new Diocese of Wollongong. Alterations were made in 1960, the 1970s and in 1985. A Marian chapel was created from an old confessional. Some of the aesthetic damage done to the church with the widening of the interior was softened with the cladding of the square concrete columns; arches were added between these columns to unify the space. The Stations of the Cross were reorganised, carpet laid and the interior painted in tones selected to highlight the stained glass window.
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  • A nice local church. It is the Catherderal for the archdiocese but it is essentially a local church, not heavy on the ornamentation it has some ‘nice’ stained glass windows and other decorative featur...  more »
  • This Cathedral has lovely stain glass windows and large status. It is not overly old and has a very high ceiling. It is worth popping in or staying for a mass service.  more »
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  • Lovely façade, unfortunately arrived when it was closed. There is a grotto around the side.
  • Had my kids christening yesterday. I was so happy with the service, looking forward to my wedding next year :)

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