An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

The seat of the Bishop of California. It was organized on Apr. 28, 1850, by the Rev. Jean Leonard ver Mehr (1809-1886), the first priest appointed to San Francisco. It was the second Episcopal parish in San Francisco. The first church building opened for services on July 20, 1850. On Jan. 24, 1910, the cornerstone for a new building was laid, and on Feb. 4, 1910, Grace Parish merged with the newly formed Grace Cathedral Corporation. The Cathedral was consecrated on Nov. 20, 1964.

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