St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral
St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Australia and the heart of Catholic life in Adelaide. Located in Victoria Square, the building is considered a major Australian work in the Gothic Revival style. Much has been done in recent years to restore the building’s exterior. Now, the focus of restoration work is moving to the interior of the church, including upgrading the church’s organ.
Stage One of the restoration is now complete. This involved an upgrade of the roof at the northern end of the Cathedral, renovation of the loft gallery and restoration and installation of the 1927 Casavant Frères Pipe organ. Consisting of just under 3500 pipes and weighing 16 tonnes, the pipe organ was installed in the refurbished loft of the Cathedral with locally-made timber casework enhancing the historic interior of the building. The instrument has been described as “exceptional” with a sound never before heard in Australia.
Ongoing support will allow the continuation of the vital restoration work of the interior of the church and completion of the roof upgrade.
The proposed $5 million Cathedral restoration project will include the installation of the renowned Casavant Frere pipe organ, improved lighting and acoustics and changes to the sanctuary.
Please consider becoming part of the magnificent history of our Cathedral by contributing to the restoration project. It is an opportunity for you to ensure the continuing tradition of the Catholic community of Adelaide.
To make a donation to the St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Appeal you can download a donation form (here) or contact Jane Juniper by email or phone 08 8210 8223 to obtain a brochure and pledge form.
The goal of the St Francis Xavier appeal is support the restoration work on this important heritage place.
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