Ground broken for new Oakland cathedral
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The ground was broken Saturday for one of the only cathedrals to be constructed in California in the last 200 years. The Cathedral of Christ the Light in the Diocese of Oakland, California, will be built on Lake Merritt. The cathedral will replace the St. Frances de Sales Cathedral, which was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and demolished four years later.

The cost of the new cathedral is estimated at $131-million cathedral. The diocese has already raised $100 million from private sources, said Bishop Allen Vigneron. He expressed his confidence that the diocese will be able to raise the rest.

The new cathedral will seat 1,500 and be built on an elevated public plaza, which will include an olive garden with benches, a library, a cafe and a bookstore. Below the plaza are street-level entrances to a conference center, offices and the parish hall.

The newly named rector of the cathedral parish is Fr. Quang Dong, who fled Vietnam in 1980, and arrived in the United States 20 years ago.

"This is a multicultural cathedral," Bishop Vigneron said. "It's very much Pacific Rim, not European."

Architect Craig Hartman of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP, designed the luminous cathedral based on what was expressed at the Second Vatican Council, that "Christ is the Light of all Peoples."

The Diocese of Oakland serves more than 500,000 Catholics from 89 parishes.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

Related News:


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 4:1-20


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 4:1-20