La Crosse’s historic cathedral reopens with ‘Beacon of Light and Hope’ celebration

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Hundreds of people attended a celebration for La Crosse’s St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral on Sunday.

The renovation was finally completed in June after over 28,000 hours of labor.

One hundred tons of limestone were replaced.

The interior also got a touch-up, including a new floor and a new crucifix.

Church officials say the spruced-up landmark will be an important asset to the community.

“I think people are extremely proud of what is happening here at the cathedral, said Monsignor Richard Gilles. “This building is the face of the Catholic church to the whole community.

Sunday masses will now be held at 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

The Cathedral will also host other events throughout the year– like euchre club and Bible studies.