The Other Cathedral in L.A.

Did you know that Los Angeles is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States? Santa Vibiana Cathedral dates back to 1876 and is one of the oldest building in the city. So what does that have to do with Dodger Stadium? Well, Dodger Stadium is celebrating 50 years old this year and I bet there has probably been more praying done here than at Sta. Vibiana just a few miles away. If you ask Dodgers fans, it also has it’s own resident saint (St. Lasorda) and many more waiting in the wings: St. Vin Scully, St. Fernando, St. Drysdale, St. Koufax (ok, I know he is Jewish but let’s not get technical here. Bottom line, the man is revered). I would bet just as many people have visited Dodger Stadium in the last 50 years as have visited Sta. Vibiana in its 125+ year history. So here is hoping for another 50 years (or more) of miracles, worship and answered prayers at LA’s other Cathedral. Oh, and St. Vibiana? Well, the Archdiocese built a new cathedral down the street in 2002 and the original St. Vibiana is now a party center where they host lush weddings and cool Hollywood after-parties for the Emmy’s, Grammy’s and the like. I doubt there is much praying being done there.

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