“What you are doing is sacred work”

Bishop Kevin Vann blesses 150 construction workers at Christ Cathedral, thanks them with luncheon

The construction crew working on the renovation of Christ Cathedral reached a milestone in mid-May. They have collectively logged 100,000 hours of work on the cathedral and have done so without a single accident or injury. Bishop Kevin Vann and Fr. Christopher Smith, episcopal vicar and rector at Christ Cathedral, decided to celebrate both by hosting a catered luncheon for … [Read more...]

Problems at Oakland Diocesan Cathedral Center remain unresolved

Water intrusion, sagging floors and issues with doors and cracking drywall

This communication is an update regarding the investigation of the design and constructions issues of the Diocesan Cathedral Center. As reported last fall, the Catholic Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay board of directors approved a plan recommended by our expert consultants for additional testing and inspection of Cathedral Center buildings. Completed in December of 2016, … [Read more...]

It doesn’t look like a Catholic Church

Tijuana's archbishop rejects modern design for city's new cathedral

Tijuana’s new archbishop has rejected the design of a cathedral that has been under construction since 2006. In an undated press release posted on the new cathedral’s website, Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón said, among other things, “That in eagerness that it be modern, the project does not look like a Catholic church, much less a cathedral.” The archbishop has … [Read more...]

Homes to replace Marywood Pastoral campus

Stained glass windows and other details will be saved

The following comes from an October 19 Orange County Register article by Brooke E. Seipel: The Marywood Pastoral Campus, former home of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, will be demolished in early 2016 to make way for a gated community of 40 single-family detached homes. The campus, 2811 E. Villareal Drive, was built in 1961 and run by the Sisters of Providence as an … [Read more...]