Restoring the Mother Church

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is in the midst of a restoration that will ensure it can serve the diocese’s faithful for another century. Plans for this phase of the restoration project include replacing the roof, the electrical and heating and cooling systems, the flooring, and the lighting and audio systems. The main and side altars will be restored and the tabernacle returned to the original high altar. The walls, ceiling, and masonry will be repaired and restored.

   The main church closed April 17, the day after Easter, to allow for this work. It is scheduled to reopen Sept. 2. During this period, Mass will be held in the gathering space.

   Among the work done to date: the sanctuary area has been painted (pictured on the cover and at far left); pews have been removed for refurbishing (pictured at right); portions of the old floor have been removed (pictured below left); and a new roof is being installed (pictured at left).

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