Those Places Thursday-St. Andrew's Cathedral, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels: , , , , ,

Kirk and I spent a day last summer visiting ancestral places in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This is the  area where many of Kirk's ancestors settled.

One special visit was to St. Andrew's Cathedral.    St. Andrew's is located at 301 Sheldon Blvd., Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Kirk's grandfather, Bertrand Corcoran, attended high school at Catholic Central High School which is across the piazza of St. Andrew's.  Kirk's grandparents, Bertrand and Leona (Dollaway) Corcoran were married here in 1925.  I would love to have a picture of their wedding at St. Andrew's, but so far haven't found one.  Kirk's great grandparents, Timothy F. Corcoran and Helen (Schmitt) Corcoran's funerals were held at St. Andrew's.

Timothy Corcoran and family lived on Lafayette Street in Grand Rapids, which is just a few blocks from St. Andrew's.  St. Andrew's was the family church when Bertrand and his brother, Howard, were growing up.

The pictures below are from our visit to St. Andrew's in 2012.

Entrance to St. Andrew's Cathedral, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan

Altar of St. Andrew's Cathedral which was remodeled in 1979-1980

Cornerstone at St. Andrew's, which was established in 1875

St. Andrew's Cathedral and Piazza Secchia which was laid in 2009.

The Piazza Secchia explaining that St. Andrew's Piazza was modeled after Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.  


Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

What a beautiful church!

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Thank you Heather, it certainly is. I need to go back and get more pictures of their beautiful stained glass windows.

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