Episcopal History Timeline



1836    First Episcopal service in Iowa.

1841    Trinity Parish organized, worshipped in the residence of Dr. John Emerson, 219 E. 2nd St. First church building of Trinity Parish on northwest corner of 4th and Main Streets.

1852    Second church building of Trinity Parish on southeast corner of 5th and Pershing Streets. The first pipe organ in Iowa is installed. Pine Hill Cemetery is purchased.

1855    St. Luke’s Parish organized.

1864    Christ Church, a mission church of Trinity Parish, is built at 3rd and Pine Streets.

1867    June 27 – cornerstone laid for Grace Cathedral, named after the parish in New York City whose members provided much of the funding.

1873    June 18 – consecration of Grace Cathedral.

1879    Clarissa C. Cook Home for the Friendless established.

1884    St. Katharine’s Episcopal School for Girls (now Rivermont Collegiate).

1893    St. Luke’s Hospital established (now part of Genesis Hospital).

1909    Trinity Parish and Grace Cathedral begin worshipping together.

1910    Grace Cathedral renamed Trinity Cathedral to preserve the name of the original parish.

1928    Christ Mission Church merged with Trinity.

1941    Cancel and Sacristy remodeled to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Trinity Cathedral.

1960    St. Alban’s Church organized by members of Trinity Cathedral.

1966    St. Peter’s Church organized by members of Trinity Cathedral.

1979    New tracker organ installed in the Cathedral by Hellmuth Wolff of Quebec.

1983    Sacristy remodeled (after old organ was removed).

1984    Bell tower memorial; the cathedral is finally finished after 117 years!

1991    Trinity Cathedral celebrates its Sesquicentennial.

1993    October 10 – Haines Parish House dedicated and consecrated.

1994    Positive Parenting at Trinity established. Program discontinued 2021.