In January 2010 the Diocese commissioned a Feasibility Study that determined a favorable response to the proposal to construct a new Diocesan Cathedral, Gathering Hall, Catholic Center and to also provide financial support to parishes. Based upon the results of the study in July 2010, the Council of Priests and the Diocesan Finance Council, in separate votes, recommended to Bishop Burbidge that the Diocese proceed with the next phase of the potential project.
On September 17, 2010, Bishop Burbidge announced that Mr. Tim Mann and Dr. Henry Zaytoun, Jr., have accepted invitations to serve in leadership roles on the Steering Committee, which will oversee further study on the next steps of the potential project.
Mr. Mann, a member of Saint Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill, is Chair of the Diocesan Finance Council and Chief Operating Officer of Subway Development in the state of North Carolina. Dr. Zaytoun, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh, is an orthodontist whose family has been long-time friends of the Diocese. In making the announcement, Bishop Burbidge noted that both men are actively involved in their parishes and provide great assistance to the Diocese on various initiatives and projects.
Bishop Burbidge also announced that Msgr. Gerald Lewis and Msgr. John Wall have accepted honorary leadership roles on the Steering Committee. “I know of their great love for the Diocese of Raleigh, and I know of the leadership both of these great priests have given to the Diocese over their entire priesthood, and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”
In addition to the establishment of the Steering Committee, several subcommittees are in the process of being formed, including the Campus Design Subcommittee, the Major Gifts Subcommittee, the Communications Subcommittee, and the Campaign Policies Subcommittee. The chairs of the subcommittees will be members of the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee and the subcommittees will consist of individuals from each of the eight Deaneries. It will be the responsibility of the subcommittees to address the many aspects of the project and to develop proposed policies and procedures. The Steering Committee will report its results to Bishop Burbidge, the Council of Priests and the Diocesan Finance Council upon completion of the subcommittees’ work.
“I am encouraged and inspired about what we can accomplish for God’s glory,” Bishop Burbidge said. “I have complete confidence in the individuals who have accepted a leadership role, and I ask for your continued support and prayers as we move forward in these next steps.”