The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge provided parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh with an update on the Cathedral Campus project, which was announced on September 7, 2011.
In his homily at 10:30 a.m. Mass on March 25, 2012, Bishop Burbidge reflected on the words of the crowd to Philip, when they said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” He noted how, through the lives and actions of so many of the faithful in our Diocese, people have come to see Our Lord.
Bishop Burbidge pointed to the example set by Father Thomas F. Price, more than 100 years ago, who had a vision for the Church in North Carolina. He cited the tremendous growth of the Catholic population that has taken place in the Diocese of Raleigh, with experts estimating a doubling of the current number in the next 18 years.
Bishop Burbidge explained that, as a result of the growth, a historic decision was made to build a cathedral campus that would address the needs of the present as well as the future. “I am pleased to report that we have received a great deal of support at this early stage in the project,” the Bishop said.
The Bishop provided background on the decision and an explanation of the parish receptions that are currently being conducted in the first 39 parishes that comprise the first Block of the Campaign. “Countless receptions are being held in the parishes conducting campaigns. I encourage you to learn more about our cathedral project through our special web site, http://www.holynamecathedralnc.org/.
“Many people also ask about how this project might impact upon our service and outreach to those in most need. We have a wonderful cathedral video available online,” Bishop Burbidge said. “In that video, Sr. Isaac, who serves the poor in Wilmington, and Kathleen Walsh, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, address this issue rather well. We are proud as a Diocese of our long-standing care for the poor and needy,” the Bishop added. “Here is one pledge that is guaranteed: None of that will be diminished!”
Bishop Burbidge encouraged the faithful to take part in their parish receptions and conversations, taking advantage of the sessions to learn more about the Cathedral Campus project. “Pray and discern. Quality conversations occur at our receptions, and questions are asked and answered. So many people have expressed how the conversations and clarifications have led them to enthusiastically support the project.”
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