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Released: 02/17/1999

<p> Dr. Anna Burns, Librarian, director of Library and Learning Resources at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, recently completed a book titled "Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral: a History of Faith, Sacrifice, and Vision." The historic book begins with a brief history of catholic churches in central Louisiana and then follows St. Francis Xavier Cathedral from its first opening in 1834 on Second Street to the recent renovation and rededication in 1996. The book includes the cathedral&acute;s relocation to the corner of Fourth and Beaureguard Street in 1895, the elevation of the church to Cathedral of Diocese, the hardships during the Great Depression and the church&acute;s important role in World War II. </p><p> Burns began the project 14 years ago as a service to the church, and has been researching and writing on and off since then. "This project was really a collaboration of many people&acute;s efforts," Dr. Burns said. Many of the church parishioners helped with researching into old files, while Dr. Burns interviewed long-time members of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. </p><p> "As I was researching, I was so impressed with the devotion of the people and their sacrifices throughout history," said Dr. Burns. "They kept building and the church kept growing despite hardships." </p><p> St. Francis Xavier Cathedral published the book in 1998. To obtain a copy contact the cathedral. </p>