If you have been at the Cathedral lately, you may have noticed that we’ve been busy with several projects around the facility. As Project Manager here at the Cathedral, it’s my job to manage many of these projects and since joining the staff in March we’ve been quite busy.
Did you notice that in July, we started restoring the marble floors? The project is about 75% done and is expected to be complete later this month. The reflection from the historic stained-glass windows on the buffed floors around the Cathedral is breathtaking. We hope that you have noticed and agree!
Did you notice the heavy lift that’s been parked outside the Cathedral? In July, we also started a multi-year project to restore and repair some of the exterior masonry. This year’s work focused primarily on the bell towers. We are trying to get as much done as possible before the weather gets cold and for once this year, the weather has been cooperating! As part of that effort, we are also addressing some roofing issues — amplified by the heavy rains this summer — that caused some leaks in the Church and Chapel.
Did you notice that sometimes the Cathedral is darker than usual, particularly when viewed on the livestream? As you may know we have struggled with burnt out lights over the last couple of years. The good news is that a project to replace the theater lighting with LED fixtures was recently approved. This will significantly improve the appearance and robustness of our lighting as well as reduce our operating and maintenance costs. The update is expected in the first half of next year as national supply chain delivery improves.
Did you notice Fr. J.J.’s letter a couple weeks ago regarding the Cathedral Apartments that are planned across Woodward? This project is expected to break ground in March and once completed will help fund other important projects that are part of our Archdiocesan Cathedral Council’s (ACC) Master Plan, such as the permanent placement of our restored apostle statues and associated relics, the Marian Grotto, associated pilgrimage events, and more. Details of the Council’s mission, projects and plans can be found on the Cathedral’s website under “Arts and Culture.” Check it out!
Following the call of Archbishop Vigneron to Unleash the Gospel, we continue to ask for your prayers on this mission. These projects wouldn’t be possible without your generous support. If you’d like to help with your time, talent or resources, please let us know as we have many projects that need support. Thank you.