A great night in Brooklyn: dedicating the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph

A little history was made in the Diocese of Brooklyn last night, as Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio dedicated the new Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on Pacific Street, just a stone’s throw (or a long free shot) from the shiny new Barclay Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets. The 100-year-old parish church has been freshly renovated—stunningly so, [Read More...]

Raleigh unveils new plans for scaled-back cathedral

Details:  Catholic Bishop Michael Burbidge unveiled a scaled-back plan for a new cathedral in West Raleigh on Tuesday, saying the changes reflect feedback from parishioners and the diocese’s ability to raise money. Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, the mother church for the 54-county diocese, will cost about $41 million, compared to an estimated $75 million [Read More...]

“They took confessionals and he put them in his bar as urinal stalls”

  Photo: by Evan Boudreau/Catholic Register From The Catholic Register in Canada comes this story of one man’s efforts to save the sacred:   When Mark Siolek read an article about a bar owner purchasing confessionals from the Archdiocese of Buffalo to be used in bathrooms, his stomach turned. “They were having like a church yard [Read More...]

Report: Archdiocese of New York moves to close historic parishes in massive consolidation

Details: The Archdiocese of New York took a major step last week toward consolidating its dense network of 376 parishes, entering the final stages of planning for what is likely to result in the most significant sweep of parish closings seen here in recent memory. Early last week, an advisory board that has been working [Read More...]

Andrea Bocelli drops by Miami church for Easter Mass

This seems to a regular stop for him. Details: The Zaldivar family got a tip last week that famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli may be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Easter Sunday for a repeat performance of last year’s surprise visit. So instead of having brunch as they typically do on Easter, the Zaldivar [Read More...]

Rejoice: America’s newest parish will be launched tomorrow—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

Some wonderful news about my friend Father Gregory West and his growing flock in South Carolina: In a modest two-room office tucked away in a Daniel Island shopping plaza lie the makings of something tremendous. No ornate decorations or grandeur, just the buzz and bang of construction work in harmony with the ring of the [Read More...]

Syracuse board approves removing crosses from former Catholic church so it can become a mosque

Details:  A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque. More than 200 people had signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to [Read More...]

Archbishop dedicates restored church whose pastor “lost his life caring for his flock” during Katrina

From The New Orleans Clarion Herald:  It took a long time, but the parishioners of St. Nicholas of Myra now have their church back. On March 8, Archbishop Gregory Aymond dedicated the rebuilt church established in 1971 but shuttered since Hurricane Katrina’s waters wiped out everything but the steel beam frame, concrete slab and metal [Read More...]

First look: inside Brooklyn’s new co-cathedral

Renovation and restoration work has been continuing apace for many months, almost exactly one year after the big news broke.  Below, a first shot, with all the scaffolding removed. Dedication is slated for later this spring. The co-cathedral’s website, meantime, offers a video tour of the pre-restoration church, giving a hint of the rich architecture [Read More...]

Rebuild my church: volunteers restore New Mexico church

Photo: Eddie Moore/Albuqurque Journal From The Albuquerque News:  Seventy-five-year-old Dave Burgett shows up four or five times a week in Questa to shovel sand through a screen, winnowing out the large chunks so it can be used to make adobe bricks for the massive, weathered old church behind him. He is not alone. Dozens of [Read More...]