Changing course on Christ Cathedral

Diocese works to trim price tag of renovating iconic Orange County building

The following comes from an April 22 Orange County Register article by Deepa Bharath: Faced with major cost overruns in renovating the Christ Cathedral sanctuary, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has moved to rein in the project’s construction expenses and streamline operations at the sprawling campus, church officials said this week. The diocese bought the 34-acre … [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...]

Televangelist’s funeral to be in Catholic church

Ceremony for Robert H. Schuller will be at his former Crystal Cathedral

The following comes from an April 7 Christian Post article by Michael Gryboski: Services for Crystal Cathedral founder, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will be held in the very iconic sanctuary that his ministry created. While it's now under the ownership of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and named Christ Cathedral, the large southern California church building will be … [Read more...]

Christ Cathedral – the transformation

Video and interactive map

  The following comes from a Sept. 24 posting on Whispers in the Loggia. The rollout is on – three years since its $57.5 million acquisition, the centerpiece plans for Crystal Cathedral's transformation into the seat of the 1.3 million-member diocese of Orange are being released at this hour at the Garden Grove site. Currently slated for dedication as Christ … [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral closing for transformation

The following comes from a Nov. 26 story in the Los Angeles Times. The former Crystal Cathedral will close to the public as it undergoes a transformation from a space built as a television studio as much as a sanctuary into a Catholic cathedral, the church's new owner, the Diocese of Orange, announced Tuesday. Beginning Sunday, the newly named Christ Cathedral will be … [Read more...]

Walk of Faith stones ripped out at Crystal Cathedral

  The following comes from a September 5 story in the New York Times. The inscribed granite stones that form the Walk of Faith outside the Crystal Cathedral here were supposed to last forever, sustained in perpetuity by the thousands of dollars churchgoers paid for them. Or so parishioners were told. But like so much else at the Crystal Cathedral, the stones, … [Read more...]

Bishop Vann, Tim Busch promise Christocentric cathedral

The following comes from an August 17 story on the Catholic News Agency website. Under the motto “from Crystal to Christocentric,” southern California's famous Crystal Cathedral is undergoing a renovation that the local bishop calls “a thorough Christological transformation.” The world's great cathedrals “are designed to bring the light of God to people’s daily life; the … [Read more...]

No more Crystal Cathedral

After more than 4100 suggestions from around the world, the diocese of Orange has renamed the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, acquired last year for $57.5 million. The diocese released the following statement on June 9. The ordination of Catholic priests today at St. Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove carried additional significance for regional Catholics and other … [Read more...]

The timing of this is wrong

The following essay was written in the Spring, 2012 issue of Sacred Architecture by Duncan Stroik, a founding faculty member of Notre Dame’s classical program at the school of architecture. Stroik designed the chapel at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California and Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a vision of Cardinal Raymond Burke, who served as … [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral considers relocating to nearby Catholic church

The following comes from a May 18 story in the Christian Post Reporter. Crystal Cathedral's newly minted president said Wednesday that the ministry behind the "Hour of Power" might be moving to a Catholic church in their Orange County neighborhood, although probably not for another year and a half. John Charles, president and CEO of the ministry, reportedly said in a … [Read more...]