Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).
Before I talk about the doors I have to share today, I want to thank everyone for supporting the initial Thursday Doors Writing Challenge. 10 people offered (many more than 10) doors to serve as inspiration and there were 14 creative contributions, 15 if you include the last thing I received. Janis, from Retirementally Challenged created a badge image. I was planning to sponsor a badge contest early next year, but until then, I think I will use her contribution. You can see it at the Writing Challenge page, which will remain active.
The doors in the gallery today are all associated with the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Springfield. The Diocese of Springfield, most of western Massachusetts was removed from the Diocese of Boston and made a suffragan (a bishop in relation to his archbishop or metropolitan) of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of New York.
Five years later, the Diocese of Boston was elevated to a metropolitan archdiocese, and the Springfield Diocese was assigned as one of the initial suffragans of the new metropolitan. As the Catholic Church in Massachusetts grew, diocese assignments shifted along with the territory included in each diocese.
Perhaps the most interesting building in the gallery is the Chancery. This structure began as two independent private residences. Both homes were built in 1871. The Gothic style houses were similar, but not identical. In 1902, the two houses were acquired by the Diocese of Springfield. One is used as the Bishop’s residence and one as the chancery office. The buildings have since been joined by a walkway at the first-floor level.
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