A Cathedral grows in Oakland

If you’ve rounded Lake Merritt near Harrison St in Oakland and taken a look up lately, it’s hard to miss the Cathedral being constructed there…

The last undeveloped piece of lake front real estate in Oakland, a former parking lot, was secured by the local Diocese in Dec 2003, and they’ve been making a bit of progress each year along the way, some of it quite dramatic lately. But what else would ye expect for a project entitled “Cathedral of Christ the Light, the Light of all Nations”…

It’s not very many times in a lifetime one gets to watch an actual cathedral being constructed I suppose. With the appeal of the Catholic Church in decline in SF ( R.I.P poor ol’ St. Brigids on Van Ness, now fated to become part of the Art Academy ), who knew we’d get a chance to see these mighty religious construction wheels a spinning…

If anything I figured the Scientologists were due next, not the same fabeled & faded folks that brought us bland wafers, the Spanish Inquisition, fish on Fridays, and apparently way too many rightfully afraid altar boys, …

That’s show biz staying power folks… the Catholic Church is bigger than Barry Bond’s biceps & has more local members than the state’s entire Correctional Workers Union…In fact Catholics claim they have over 500,000 followers in the East Bay alone, and account for total 22% of the local population.

Don’t have enough faith to visit Oakland lately?

Well just watch progress on the web…

More on the who , what , and when it is gonna be done after the jump…

When it is finished next year, the Cathedral will host regular masses, confirmations, weddings, special civic events, “major” funerals, graduation ceremonies, concerts, lectures, and other religious, ecumenical, educational, cultural and outreach activities.

And don’t dare question what a religion that is dedicated to serving the poor is doing building a massive luxurious Cathedral project because they already have that one down… According to the website that quotes Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement,:

Why is it that we think we only need to give the poor the basics when the poor also need beauty?”

You Go Girl !!! Make That Thang Pretty !!! ( & righteous ) …

For more info, or even to make a tax deductible donation to offset contruction costs, visit the Church’s website here: http://www.christthelightcathedral.org

Here’s a pic of Cathedral architect Craig H Hartman of firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of SF going over details in a model presented to Oakland officials in 2004.

1 Comment so far

  1. Andrew Sherman (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 9:37 am

    I have some pictures of the cathedral being built on my blog. How to build a Cathedral, part 1,
    How to build a Cathedral, part 2,
    How to build a Cathedral, part 3.



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