Sisters, Brothers, Apprentices tour Hartford Cathedral for Year of Mercy pilgrimage
MERIDEN, CT (02-13-2016) - Franciscan Lay Apprentices, Sisters and Brothers made a Jubilee Year pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut to celebrate the Year of Mercy. The group had the opportunity to enter the Jubilee Holy Door and pray in the cathedral. Mr. James Gentile, a parish volunteer, offered a thorough tour of the cathedral in the context of the Year of Mercy. Mr. Gentile explained the meaning of the exterior freize above the main doors, the "Great Windows" which depict Christ the Redeemer, and the minor windows of the Old Testament prophets, the life of the Blessed Virgin and scenes in the life of Christ. He also led the group through the small chapels in honor of saints, and shared historic items used in the Eucharistic liturgies.
The present Cathedral of St. Joseph was dedicated in 1962. The first Cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1956.