St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

508 Thirteenth Street North
Benson, MN 56215

Builder: Hendrickson Organ Co (Opus 93, 1999)
Manuals: 2
Ranks: 15
Action: Electric Action
Notes: "In the 1950's, St. Bridget's Church in DeGraff purchased an Estey pipe organ opus 3196 for about $10,000. The organ was installed in two rooms called organ chambers at the rear of the balcony in St. Bridget's Church. The organ contained 10 ranks totaling 605 pipes.
In August, 1994, the Hendrickson Organ Company of St. Peter, MN was contracted to remove the pipe organ from DeGraff, and store it at the St. Peter shop until St. Francis' Church in Benson completed renovation of its sanctuary.
--Information from Charles Hendrickson and from the church. Photo from the church website.
Last Update: 10/2013

While in storage in St. Peter, the organ was revised with the addition of 5 ranks of pipes. The instrument now has 15 ranks totaling 971 pipes. With the completion of architectural revisions at St. Francis, the pipe organ was installed in a new organ gallery at the front center of the church interior. The organ was used for the first time in April, 1999.
GREAT ORGAN
16 Gedackt
8 Diapason
8 Hohl Flute
8 Dolce
4 Octave
4 Nachthorn
2 Octave
IV Mixture
8 Trumpet
Sw to Gt 16, 8, 4

PEDAL ORGAN
16 Subbass
16 Gedackt
8 Principal
8 Gedackt
4 Octave
2 Flute
III Mixture
16 Trumpet
8 Trumpet
4 Clairon
Gt to Ped 8
Sw to Ped 8

SWELL ORGAN
8 Principal
8 Bourdon
8 Salicional
8 Celeste
4 Principal
4 Flute
2-2/3 Nasard
2 Octave
2 Block Flute
1-3/5 Tierce
8 Trumpet
Tremulant
Sw to Sw 16, 4, Unison Off