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Architect Named for Final Phase of Cathedral Campus


The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced that Mr. James O’Brien of O’Brien and Keane in Arlington, Virginia, has been contracted as the architect to do the final design of the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.

Mr. O’Brien was selected for the project based on his broad experience in specialty designs of business structures and churches. His firm’s expertise ranges from conceptual design through completion of the construction. See More on Mr. O'Brien.

Among the houses of worship Mr. O’Brien has designed are Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town, West Virginia; Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Virginia; and Saint Dominic Monastery in Linden, Virginia. Currently, he is completing work on the new Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest, which is scheduled to be dedicated in November.

“The instant we were invited to submit a proposal for the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral,” Mr. O’Brien said, “I knew that serving the Diocese on this project would be the opportunity of a lifetime. Few architects have such an opportunity, as few cathedrals are built. The notion that our firm can play a role in bringing the vision of Bishop Burbidge and the many faithful people of the Diocese to reality is very thrilling.”

Groundbreaking is expected to take place the end of 2014. In preparation, three of the four buildings that were on the Nazareth property have either been taken down or are in the process of demolition. In addition, the Diocese has continued to work closely with the City of Raleigh and North Carolina State University to design the roadways and entrances to the campus.

As of mid-August, more than 22,000 individuals and families have generously donated more than $62 million to the Campaign, which includes funding for the 2012 Bishop’s Annual Appeal and $700,000 for the 2013 Appeal, from four parishes that conducted their Cathedral Campaign this year.  Parishes are also slated to receive more than $17.5 million for their projects, which include the building of additional facilities, renovation, payment of debt and increased social outreach to those in need. 

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Mr. James O’Brien signing contract for O’Brien and Keane to do final design of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.