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Orange, Calif., Sep 19, 2013 / 03:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, Calif., announced the selection of two firms to collaborate in renovating the “Crystal Cathedral” into a Catholic cathedral at the diocese’s annual prayer breakfast yesterday morning.
“The Crystal Cathedral is an established international landmark and is much lauded for its architectural inspiration and iconic stature…Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios have the experience and ability to respect the building’s original design inspiration while creating a fitting and functional spiritual home for Orange County’s 1.3 million Catholics,” Bishop Vann stated Sept. 18 at the eighth annual Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held in the structure’s glass facade.
“These two firms see this important work as more than a renovation project, but as a reflection of God and his people on earth.”
The Diocese of Orange purchased the 3,000-seat Crystal Cathedral in February of 2012 from the Protestant church which founded it. The purchase was made after Crystal Cathedral had filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 when some of its creditors sued for payment. The diocese purchased it for $57.5 million under Bishop Vann’s predecessor, Bishop Tod Brown.
The architectural landmark is made from over 10,000 panes of glass, and its interior must be renovated to make it suitable for Catholic worship.
From the 24 firms which responded to the diocese’s request for proposals, Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios were chosen to work on the renovation of the 34 acre, seven-building campus which is home to what has now been renamed ‘Christ Cathedral.’
According to a statement from the Orange diocese, “the architects were asked to reimagine the Christ Cathedral to support the celebration of Catholic liturgy and the Eucharist, while maintaining the architectural splendor of the reflective glass façade of the building.”
The prayer breakfast was also an opportunity for leaders among Orange’s Catholic community to be informed of the encouraging process that has already been made in a capital campaign that will fund the renovation as well as other apostolates in the diocese.
Cindy Bobruk, executive director of the Orange Catholic Foundation, which is managing the capital campaign, told CNA Sept. 17 that the campaign has been successful because it is an opportunity for parishioners in the diocese “to be part of the living history of our diocese – to be able to watch this transformation take place, and actually invest in the transformation.”
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