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Description: Gibbons Memorial - Gathering of ChurchmenDate: October 12 1911
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 1
Notable Ceremonies Held in Washington
GATHERING OF CHURCHMEN
25th Anniversary of Gibbons’ Elevation
A MAGNIFICENT NEW HALL
It Was Dedicated today by Several High Dignitaries
Washington, Oct. 12.—A procession of archbishops, bishops, monsignors and priests of the Roman Catholic Church, clad in their vari-colored vestments, forming an impressive prelude to the ceremonies this afternoon at the laying of the corner stone for the Gibbons Memorial Hall at the Catholic University. The procession across the campus and through the buildings of the university was led by Cardinal Gibbons, who was attended by a large delegation of priests from the Baltimore diocese.
Upon arriving at the new memorial hail one wing of which is already completed, the corner stone was laid in the tower section, or central portion of the building. Exercises off a simple but impressive nature attended the laying of the stone. In addition to Cardinal Gibbons the speakers included the Rt. Rev. Mgr. Thomas J. Shahan, rector of the university; the Rev. Dr. Charles F. Aiken, dean of the theological department, and the Rev. Dr. D. W. Shea, dean of the school of science of the university.
The Gibbons Memorial Hall is to be added to the already imposing group of buildings belonging to the Catholic university as a permanent and enduring memorial to the famous Baltimore prelate, who has always manifested keen interest in the educational work of the church. The present year, marking as it does the fiftieth anniversary of Cardinal Gibbons’ ordination to the priesthood and the 25th anniversary of his elevation to the cardinalate, was selected as the most appropriate time for the construction of the memorial.
The memorial hall, massively constructed of stone, is destined for use as a hall of residence by students of the university. The structure will occupy a commanding site directly across the campus from the administration building of the university. In the rear of the new building is Michigan Avenue, the principal artery of communication with the national capital. The building will consist of a central or main portion with a large wing at each end. It will have a total length of 265 feet, end will afford accommodations for about 150 students. In a niche over the main entrance will be placed a large statute of Cardinal Gibbons. The total cost of the building will be about a quarter of a million dollars.