A Message from Dean Loya
May 17, 2019
This spring, we completed the largest single fundraising effort our congregation has ever undertaken. To date, we have raised $2 million in pledges and gifts toward turning our parish house into Cathedral Commons, which will become a center for nourishing spiritual hunger and building community in our congregation, our neighborhood, our city, and beyond.
In the coming months, we will turn our attention to the next phase of the campaign: turning the concept we developed last year into a building design that fits within our total anticipated budget. Currently, the building task force and the chapter are working to identify an architect who will lead us through the final design and construction phases. In the summer months, the architects will be meeting with staff, volunteers, and ministry groups that use the parish house spaces to finalize designs and ensure that our new spaces will meet both our current and future needs as a congregation.
As sacramental people, we believe that physical things convey spiritual meaning, or as the Book of Common Prayer puts it, sacraments are “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” (857). In recent years, our congregation has begun to pulse with new life, new energy, and we’ve begun to reach out to the world around us with the good news of Christ’s love for all people in deeper and broader ways. With all of you, I look forward to having a building for our parish family life that reflects the spiritual reality of who God is forming us to be, and helps us to follow Jesus more faithfully together, for the sake of the world Jesus died and rose again to save.
Built in 1956, our Parish House has served for nearly 60 years as a place where cathedral members of all ages and backgrounds have prayed, learned, sung, celebrated, and mourned together. It’s where we have nourished thousands of our neighbors with a good meal and warm friendship, and where generations of children have been formed in the faith. The Parish House has served us well all these years. However, more recently it has become clear that the interior of the building can no longer adequately serve our needs. Moving from one space to another often feels like navigating a maze of stairways, doors, and narrow hallways. The many entrances to our campus make it nearly impossible to balance hospitality and security. The floor plan often stands in the way of program development, and seriously outdated mechanical and electrical systems pose a growing danger to our historic and beautiful campus. It is time to re-imagine this building to ensure it is a safe, accessible and comfortable place for all.
Fr. Steven King
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