Cathedral Campus Campaign: 2013 – A Year of Progress
As a result of the many faithful supporters in the Diocese, 2013 has been a year of progress for the Cathedral Campus Campaign. Sixty-two million dollars in pledges have been donated to the Cathedral Campus Campaign and that number continues to grow. Of the $62 million, $36.6 million has been earmarked for construction of the Cathedral and related costs such as architectural, engineering and project management fees.
To date, 22,472 families and major donors have pledged to support the campaign. While all parishes and missions completed the active phase of their campaigns, many parishes will continue their efforts to reach or surpass their goals in 2014.
Design elements began to be acquired in anticipation of the new Cathedral. A First Class Relic, ex sanguine (from the blood) of Blessed John Paul II, will be placed within the main altar for public veneration once the Cathedral is consecrated. Blessed John Paul II will be canonized a saint in April 2014 by Pope Francis.
In October 2013, James O’Brien of O’Brien and Keane was contracted as the architect to create the final design of the Cathedral and to implement and oversee construction.
In preparation for groundbreaking on the Nazareth property, the Catholic Center offices and chapel were relocated to 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh.
Forty stained glass windows and 14 Stations of the Cross were acquired for Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral from closed churches in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Three restored panels from the window depicting the Adoration of the Magi are now on display in Immaculate Conception Chapel of the Catholic Center on Stonehenge Drive.
At the outset of the project, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge committed to the faithful that the Campaign would not only benefit the Diocese but also the parishes. As of mid-December, $18.4 million dollars have been sent to parishes in good-faith rebates as their initial return to pledge commitments received. Approximately 60 percent of parishes have new or pending construction to be completed by 2017. This year, many parishes have been renovated, repaired, expanded and even built. Ministries, programs and apostolates have been created while many parishes were able to pay off debt and are saving for future needs.
The Bishop also promised at the outset of the campaign that the Diocese’s outreach to the poor would not diminish and, in fact, would be increased by the campaign. As part of the Cathedral Campus Campaign, $7.3 million is designated to help sustain and expand over 30 outreach ministries of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) in parishes, schools and agencies throughout the Diocese of Raleigh. In 2013, 63,500 families in the Diocese were served by Catholic Charities.
2014 will be a historic year in the Diocese, with final architectural design plans expected in the first quarter and ground breaking in the fourth quarter.
“I am profoundly grateful to the many donors and volunteers who have brought the Cathedral Campus Campaign to this point and who continue to exemplify generosity in service to the Lord,” Bishop Burbidge said. “Thanks to the wonderful spirit of giving shown by our faithful and to God’s amazing grace, Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will stand as a sacred place of worship, the Mother Church of our vibrant Diocese; a place where all our faithful gather in prayer, are initiated in the faith, discern their vocation in life, are renewed in holiness at the Eucharist and signify, in union with their Bishop, the great diversity of our Church.”