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November 2014

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Diocese celebrates 125th at Cathedral of Saint Joseph; New Crane painting Beacon of Hope unveiled
by - 11/11/2014

(Photos by Gene Young).
The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls continued its 125th Anniversary this weekend.

On Saturday, November 8, Bishop Swain presided at the celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph honoring the date of the decree from Pope Leo XIII which erected the diocese.

Pictured at right, top, one of the crosses that will be sent out to travel through the deaneries leading up to the large diocesan gathering next August was blessed bu the bishop.

The document from Pope Leo XIII creating the Diocese of Sioux Falls arrived 125 years ago and the event was celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. The event is part of a series of events stretching from September of 2014 through the culminating large diocesan gathering scheduled for August 14-16, 2015.

Bishop Paul J. Swain celebrated the Mass commemorating the event and also blessed specially made Legacy of Faith crosses which will are going to be sent out to travel to parishes around the diocese as part of the 125th celebration.

At a reception following the Mass, a new painting of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph called the Beacon of Hope, was unveiled.

Pictured at right, bottom (left to right) are artist Jon Crane (at the podium), who created the painting, local businessman Dennis Aanenson, who commisioned the painting and Bishop Paul J,. Swain.

Aanenson intends to donate proceeds from the sale of prints to the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House.

Aanenson, long an admirer of Jon Crane’s work, was inspired by the restoration of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. He encouraged Crane to consider doing a painting of the Cathedral. Unknown to Aanenson, Crane had already been contemplating such a project. The unique perspective presented by Crane in the painting came from early morning walks during visits to Sioux Falls.

“About five years ago I noticed how the first sun in the morning glowed on the cathedral. The best view of the cathedral was from just above the main falls looking across the upper falls,” he said.

The name, Beacon of Hope, has been associated with the Cathedral, and speaks of the inspiration the Cathedral has long provided. It is particularly fitting as the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House will also be a beacon for those in need and the homeless. The Hospitality House is a coordinated community effort to address the needs of the homeless and others needing a hand up. It will include emergency overnight shelter and the new facility is aiming to be open in early 2015.

The prints, in various sizes, will be available at Rehfeld’s Art and Framing, Sioux Falls.

More information about all of the events related to the ongoing celebration of the 125th is available at sfcatholic/org/125thanniversary. More information about the painting can be found at More information about the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House can be found at More information about the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House can be found at