Another important influence on Fitzgerald was his Irish-American Catholicism - symbolized by the Cathedral, at that time, also under construction. A granite structure in the Ecole des Beaux Arts tradition, the designer was French architect, Emmanuel L. Masqueray.
John Ireland's roots were in Old St. Mary's in Lower Town. The McQuillans and the Irelands and the Hills knew each other. Annabel McQuillan was maid of honor at Clara Hill Lindley's wedding. (Turnbull, 5) As a young man, Ireland was sent to France for his seminary training. After ordination, and later as archbishop of St. Paul, he struggled financially to establish a seminary and cathedral. He is pictured here with Mary Hill and Governor Alexander Ramsey around 1902 - 1903.
Ireland, Hill, Ramsey 1902 Por/1918/r9 neg. #83732 Photo A. Irber