Long Island becomes home to America’s newest basilica

  From the Hamptons Desk: news that Southampton now has a basilica that the rich and famous can call their own: Pope Benedict XVI recently bestowed the designation of basilica on the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church, an honor that carries certain privileges, including a name change reflecting the Southampton Village [Read More...]

Everything old is new again: church “recycles” windows, altar

Hot on the heels of this posting on a dramatic church renovation comes news about a new church in Pennsylvania which is reusing old elements from other churches: An $8 million Catholic church being built in Lower Paxton Township has taken recycling to new heights. The new Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church — Romanesque [Read More...]

An incredible church renovation

A commenter at this post about the Crystal Cathedral suggested they hire the architect who did the renovations below to transform the space. In a word: wow. You can see more here. The architect is Duncan G. Stroik. RELATED: Everything old is new again: church “recycles” windows, altar [Read more...]

“A true miracle”: why the Crystal Cathedral deal was such a bargain

Writer David Gibson takes a closer look at the deal to buy the Crystal Cathedral and suggests that it was more than a deal — it was a steal: Not only did Catholics get a national landmark designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson, but Bishop Tod D. Brown wasn’t even the highest bidder: Schuller [Read More...]

Saints in storage: inside Pittsburgh’s warehouses for used religious items

Another sign of the times, from Pittsburgh: warehouses for used tabernacles, statues and religious items: As a seminarian, the Rev. Joseph McCaffrey knelt before a tabernacle in the chapel at Mercy Hospital, where his mother was being treated for a brain tumor, and prayed for her recovery. Later, when he was named pastor of Ss. [Read More...]

Red Bull to stage extreme ice event on cathedral steps

This may be a first: A Red Bull Crashed Ice extreme sports event is going to be staged on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul come January. The event, which is referred to as a “downhill ice cross,” pits international competitors skating down a specially designed ice ramp. To see a video of [Read More...]

Detroit may close, consolidate nearly 50 parishes

That’s according to recommendations presented to the bishop yesterday. Details: In a sweeping reorganization of Catholic parish life that will hit the suburbs as well as landmark churches in Detroit’s urban core, the Archdiocese of Detroit unveiled tentative proposals Wednesday night to cluster, close and merge some four dozen parishes in the next five years. [Read More...]

An act of Providence: Catholics share chapel with Baptists

See how these Christians in Rhode Island love one another: Twenty years ago, a Catholic diocese would have never made room for the First Baptist Church congregation in a place where Catholics came to worship, says the Rev. Dorian Parker. But one generous gesture on behalf of the Diocese of Providence has allowed the 30-or-so members [Read More...]

Crystal Cathedral: was the Holy Spirit the highest bidder?

Get a load of these intriguing details, courtesy Kathy Schiffer at Seasons of Grace: According to Tim Busch, one member of the Crystal Cathedral’s board told him as the court proceedings drew to an end, “I like the way you guys have handled this, and I’m going to convert to Catholicism.”  Wednesday evening in the [Read More...]

Sold: Catholic diocese buys Crystal Cathedral for $57.5 million

The bidding war is over, and the Diocese of Orange will soon have a new cathedral in one of the most famous worship spaces in America. Details: In the end, 2,000 years of tradition carried the day. An Orange County bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday that the Crystal Cathedral, a monument to modernism in faith and [Read More...]