Closed Cleveland churches prepare to reopen

Details, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon is expected to announce the appointments of up to five pastors Wednesday as he moves forward toreopen 11 mothballed churches. The bishop had said last month that he hoped to have all 11 — most of them closed for more than two years — [Read More...]

Parishioners gather to “hug” their church in the face of parish merger

It happened in the Diocese of Grand Rapids earlier today: Parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church gathered to “hug” their church Sunday. They were hoping to send a message to the Diocese of Grand Rapids about a plan that would merge their parish with several others. The parishioners at St. Mary’s are concerned with the“Our [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Indy edition

Below, a couple shots of the beautiful St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis — the oldest church in the city — where I’ve served Mass every evening during the Catholic Media Conference. [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral’s new name: Christ Cathedral

  Well, that’s simple to remember, isn’t it? Details: The Crystal Cathedral received a new name Saturday: Christ Cathedral. The name for the anticipated central worship space for Orange County’s Catholics came from more than 4,100 submissions, and received the Vatican’s approval in April. The diocese plans to move into its new cathedral next June, [Read More...]

New name for Crystal Cathedral to be announced

It will happen Saturday: The Crystal Cathedral – a church that carries a name reflective of its glass-paned windows – will be renamed on Saturday. The Catholic Diocese of Orange plans to announce the new name of the church it bought in bankruptcy proceedings at a Saturday ordination of four priests. The new name for [Read More...]

Salt and light: Poland’s incredible underground salt cathedral

A priest friend sent this my way, and I have to say: this is truly something. Read more and see more pictures here. [Read more...]

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose…

Ten thousand of them, in fact.  Below is a snapshot from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando, which every year celebrates both Mary and all mothers will memorial roses on Mother’s Day.  They often stay in bloom and in place for two or three weeks after the [Read More...]

What’s Darth Vader doing on the National Cathedral?

  Late today, I stumbled on this story, about a tour of the damaged cathedral — and noticed an unusual detail: The Washington National Cathedral will be offering tours of its unique stone carvings for the first time since the building was damaged by an earthquake last year. Tours exploring more than 100 gargoyles perched [Read More...]

A famous modern church gets an addition

  It’s considered by many a masterpiece — though that may be a matter of taste — but this celebrated and much-visited church in France has just gotten a new convent and visitor’s center.  The New York Times architecture critic dropped by for a visit: Completed in 1955, Le Corbusier’s hilltop chapel of Notre Dame [Read More...]

“We’re organ donors”: Indiana church closes, sends tabernacle and altar to a needy parish

Here’s a remarkable account of a church leaving a legacy — and sending part of it to another parish in need: The purpose of any parish is for mission, and since 1876, the community of St. Ann Parish has fulfilled its mission by taking care of those in need. In days long gone, the parish [Read More...]


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