“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...]

Christ Cathedral transformation about 40 percent complete

The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication set for July 17, 2019

Christ Cathedral’s transformation is about 40 percent complete, said Construction Manager Eric Flynn. “It’s been in incredible project,” Flynn said. The Diocese of Orange purchased the 78,000-square-foot cathedral in 2011 and the initial design concept was unveiled in late 2015. The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication … [Read more...]

Update on problems at Oakland cathedral

Legal action continues over who must pay for repair of construction defects discovered at Cathedral of Christ the Light and other buildings on its campus:

May 2018 Diocese of Oakland Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Diocese of Oakland, As I have shared with you previously, various construction defects have been discovered in the Cathedral of Christ the Light and other buildings on its campus. We are deeply disappointed in the extent of the defects, especially for our Cathedral. The Catholic Cathedral Corporation of … [Read more...]

Design unveiled for new parish church in Santa Ana

Christ Our Savior will be first church built in Santa Ana since Our Lady of La Vang was dedicated in 2006

A  new Catholic church will soon sprout from what was once one of Orange County’s last remaining parcels of undeveloped farmland.  Christ Our Savior Catholic Church and new parish buildings are expected to be dedicated in mid-2020 and will be located at Alton Avenue, Bear Street and MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana.   At a time when Catholic churches in the U.S. are closing … [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...]

The crisis of contemporary sacred art

Lack of church commissions means continuation of bad artwork, architecture

The following comes from a July 8 Crisis Magazine article by Duncan G. Stroik: “This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. Beauty, like truth, brings joy to the human heart and is that precious fruit which resists the erosion of time, which unites generations and enables them to be one in admiration!” ∼ Closing of the Second Vatican Council: … [Read more...]