Cathedral – Parish Church http://parishchurch.org.uk/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:45:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://parishchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-37-120x120.png Cathedral – Parish Church http://parishchurch.org.uk/ 32 32 Syrian sculpts model of Cologne Cathedral – Herald Democrat https://parishchurch.org.uk/syrian-sculpts-model-of-cologne-cathedral-herald-democrat/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:03:43 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/syrian-sculpts-model-of-cologne-cathedral-herald-democrat/ By Daniel Niemann and Kirsten Grieshaber Associated Press COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — When Syrian refugee Fadel Alkhudr arrived in Germany in 2015, the first thing he saw as he got off the train in Cologne was the city’s majestic cathedral. Alkhudr, 42, became so fascinated by the famous Gothic monument on the Rhine with its […]]]>

By Daniel Niemann and Kirsten Grieshaber Associated Press

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — When Syrian refugee Fadel Alkhudr arrived in Germany in 2015, the first thing he saw as he got off the train in Cologne was the city’s majestic cathedral.

Alkhudr, 42, became so fascinated by the famous Gothic monument on the Rhine with its twin spiers and elaborate ornaments that he spent hours staring at it. He took pictures of it, drew sketches and eventually started carving a wooden replica.

For more than 2.5 years – or around 5,000 hours, as he puts it – Alkhudr worked on creating a two-metre (6.5ft) tall copy of the structure in a small converted basement. in a workshop in the Kalk district of Cologne.

Alkhudr, who is Muslim, said he had developed such a close bond with the Catholic cathedral that at one point he felt the building was part of him “like it was a dear friend to me”.

The Syrian, who learned sculpture from his father at the age of 13, fled first to Turkey and then to the city of Cologne in western Germany after the destruction of the family woodcarving business in Aleppo during the war in Syria. He said he was often asked if it was strange for a Muslim to dedicate himself to Germany’s most famous Christian place of worship.

Not at all, he replies, because having grown up in Aleppo before the civil war, he had Muslim and Christian friends, and customers of different religions who came to buy wooden art at the family store.

“When we were in Aleppo, we had… no problem between a mosque and a church”, says this father of five children. “Our neighbors were Christians and we are Muslims, we used to invite each other to our house and there was no problem.”

Alkhudr is one of more than one million migrants who came to Germany from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in 2015-2016, fleeing war, destruction and poverty in their home country. He first did odd jobs to earn a living, brought his family over in 2017, and since 2019 has focused on creating the cathedral model. He hopes that in the future he can also earn a living in Germany as an art sculptor.

Alkhudr used hard beech wood and 50-year-old tools from his home in Syria that his father had passed down to him. The end result was taller than him, measuring two meters in height and length and 1.40 meters in width.

The original cathedral is 152 meters (500 feet) tall and took over 600 years – from 1248 to 1880 – to complete. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the Shrine of the Three Kings, believed to contain the bones of the Three Sages. The cathedral is one of the main tourist attractions in Germany and one of the oldest and most important places of pilgrimage in Northern Europe.

Alkhudr’s delicately crafted work is currently on display at the cathedral’s Domforum visitor center, directly opposite the original. The Syrian also hopes to be able to present his woodwork in other cities and thus spread what he considers to be the unifying message of the cathedral.

“For me, the cathedral is a home for everyone,” he said.

Kirsten Grieshaber reported from Berlin.

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Cathedral Secondary School prodigy wins prestigious $100,000 Schulich scholarship https://parishchurch.org.uk/cathedral-secondary-school-prodigy-wins-prestigious-100000-schulich-scholarship/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 10:01:25 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/cathedral-secondary-school-prodigy-wins-prestigious-100000-schulich-scholarship/ There must be something in the water at Cathedral High School. Over the past six years, three of its students have earned a Schulich Leader Scholarship, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for young scholars entering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college programs. The last? Becca Barbera – a teacher prodigy said “you […]]]>

There must be something in the water at Cathedral High School.

Over the past six years, three of its students have earned a Schulich Leader Scholarship, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for young scholars entering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college programs.

The last? Becca Barbera – a teacher prodigy said “you wait your whole career to have in the classroom”.

The annual Race for a Nod to Schulich, now in its 11th year, sees 1,500 students from different high schools across the country compete for just 100 scholarships available at 20 universities.

Getting one means you’re one of the most coveted first-year STEM students in the country. To be offered two or more is to say that you are the crème de la crème.

And Barbera belongs to the latter category.

The teenager has been offered a pair of $100,000 scholarships from McMaster University and the University of New Brunswick – enough to cover four years of tuition and more. She chose the former because of its proximity to her home and the school’s world-renowned reputation for engineering research.

“I’m still in a state of disbelief,” said a humble Barbera, who was in French immersion at the cathedral. “I feel like this is a moment in my life that I’m going to look back on and say, ‘That’s when everything changed. “”

A life-changing indeed – but one that comes with little surprise.

Barbera was described by teachers in interviews with The Spec as a dream student, intelligent and mature, with a relentless work ethic and a palpable thirst for knowledge.

“Becca is the type of student most teachers wait their entire careers to have in the classroom,” said longtime teacher Guy Larocque. “What she accomplished before high school is extremely rare…She will definitely set the world on fire.”

During four years at Cathedral, Barbera posted a near-perfect average of 99.6%, balancing three co-op placements — including one in Mac’s Engineering Physics department — with advanced classes in math and science.

She also had a paper on molecular dynamics and bioinformatics (nuclear energy) published in an acclaimed, peer-reviewed Japanese journal; picked up more than a dozen awards at regional and national science fairs; finished as a finalist in the chemistry category at the International Science and Engineering Fair (aptly dubbed the Science Fair Olympics); founded a non-profit blog sharing stories of seniors in Hamilton; tutored 9th graders at his school; and accumulated over 700 hours of Christian service.

In addition to the Schulich Scholarship, McMaster also awarded Barbera four engineering and research entrance scholarships totaling $27,000.

“It’s remarkable, this kind of work ethic, responsibility and drive that she has,” said Marzia Occhionorelli, who taught chemistry at Barbera for three years.

“I haven’t seen a student like her yet. She’s just a superstar.

Barbera is the third student at the cathedral in six years to win a Schulich Leaders scholarship, a feat its director called a great honor.

“Nothing in the water, just great kids and great staff,” said principal Mark Daly, whose son was the first cathedral student to win the award in 2016.

“I don’t think there are too many schools that can say they’ve had three Schulich Laureates during that time.”

David Goodman, vice president of the Schulich Foundation, said there have been cases of high school repeat offenders, but “it’s not entirely common”.

“It really speaks to the quality of education at these institutions that produce excellent graduates.”

He noted that schools in Hamilton have had consistent success. Azlan Naeem, a graduate student from St. Thomas More Catholic High School, received an $80,000 science scholarship from the University of Toronto this year — the second Catholic board winner in 2022. Two graduates from Ancaster High School have also won a Schulich Award each in 2021.

For Barbera, the credit for his success and that of Cathedral comes down to one thing: the teachers.

“My teachers were amazing,” she said. “Every achievement that led me to win was encouraged by them. I had the best of the best in town.

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Cathedral Catholic Grad Isuneh Brady Wins Gold With USA Junior Team at FIBA ​​Championship https://parishchurch.org.uk/cathedral-catholic-grad-isuneh-brady-wins-gold-with-usa-junior-team-at-fiba-championship/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:40:43 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/cathedral-catholic-grad-isuneh-brady-wins-gold-with-usa-junior-team-at-fiba-championship/ Isuneh Brady scored eight goals as the United States Women’s Under-18 team won gold in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Photo credit: Screenshot, fiba.basketball The United States captured the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship for a 10th consecutive time on Sunday, by overcoming their first challenge of the tournament, by Canadato win 82-77. Isuneh Brady, a […]]]>
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Isuneh Brady scored eight goals as the United States Women’s Under-18 team won gold in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Photo credit: Screenshot, fiba.basketball

The United States captured the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship for a 10th consecutive time on Sunday, by overcoming their first challenge of the tournament, by Canadato win 82-77.

Isuneh Brady, a recent graduate of Cathedral Catholic High, finished the game with eight points and 15 rebounds to help her team win the gold medal in Buenos Aires.

Cotie McMahon led the way with 22 points as three other teammates scored in double digits.

Against Canada, Team USA never established the huge advantages they retained in last week’s wins over Colombia, Puerto Rico, El Salvador and Mexico.

They led by four after the first quarter, then by 10 at halftime, but the Canadians returned to the field in force and edged the Americans by six in the third.

It wasn’t enough, even though USA had a three-minute drought to end the game. The Canadians, trailing 80-65 at the time, closed the gap to just five as the United States managed just two free throws in the stretch. Canada, however, failed to shoot in the final 30 seconds, preserving the victory for the United States.

Argentina won the bronze medal with a 54-50 win over Brazil.

The United States had come through on Sunday and beat Brazil 84-40 in the semifinals.

The United States, undefeated in six games at the tournament, averaged 87 points, followed closely by Canada at nearly 81 per game. Each team was well ahead of the competition – second best, Argentina, averaged just 56 points.

Brady, 18, who scored nine goals against Brazil, averaged 13 points per game for the Championship, shooting 65.5%. She added 7.5 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists.

She’s bound for Connecticut in the fall.

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The body of Mary Queen of Scot has been removed from Peterborough Cathedral for a devastating reason https://parishchurch.org.uk/the-body-of-mary-queen-of-scot-has-been-removed-from-peterborough-cathedral-for-a-devastating-reason/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 15:27:06 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/the-body-of-mary-queen-of-scot-has-been-removed-from-peterborough-cathedral-for-a-devastating-reason/ Mary Queen of Scots went down in British history as an unfortunate Scottish queen who felt the Virgin Queen’s wrath. But there is so much more to this devastating story and his death. The little story goes that Mary Queen of Scots, who was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth I of England, began plotting to […]]]>

Mary Queen of Scots went down in British history as an unfortunate Scottish queen who felt the Virgin Queen’s wrath. But there is so much more to this devastating story and his death.

The little story goes that Mary Queen of Scots, who was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth I of England, began plotting to overthrow the virgin queen and take her place on the throne. Whether it’s rumors or truth, it’s fair to say that when Elizabeth got wind of this, she wasn’t too happy.

Back in Scotland, the Scottish nobles were also not very happy with her. After marrying a man the nobles disliked, coupled with religious unrest, she was forced to abdicate and fled to England for protection in 1568.

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Here, instead of offering an olive branch, Elizabeth I had it imprisoned to prevent an uprising. She remained his prisoner for 18 years.

Mary expected Elizabeth to help her regain her Scottish throne but, after discovering apparent evidence of plots to assassinate the Queen and usurp her throne, Mary Stuart was tried in 1586 and executed.

After her beheading at Fotheringhay Castle (of which only a motte remains) just across the border in Northamptonshire, the body of the hapless Queen of Scots has been moved to Peterborough Cathedral in a short distance from the castle. Mary, however, had requested to be buried in France as she had spent the majority of her early years in the country and favored it for her fondest memories. But Queen Elizabeth refused his request.

As Peterborough Cathedral was the closest cathedral to the place of her death, she was instead transported there in a final act of disrespect. She even had a Protestant funeral despite being a devout Catholic.



The remains of Fotheringhay Castle on the outskirts of Peterborough, all that remains are the earthworks and the conical motte of the castle which dates from 1100.

But his body was not to remain at Peterborough Cathedral. Sixteen years after she was violently executed, her cousin Queen Elizabeth I died without an heir to her throne. With no other Protestants available to take the throne, Mary Queen of Scot’s son James became King of Scotland and England.

Although he was raised a Protestant after his mother’s execution and was forced to renounce love for her, he adored his mother and mourned her horrific death at the hands of his predecessor. In 1612, he decided to show his mother the respect she never received from the Queen of England.

Her body was exhumed from Peterborough Cathedral and James I ordered that she be reinterred at Westminster Abbey, in accordance with her royal status in a chapel opposite the tomb of Elizabeth I. It was a spit of defiance at Elizabeth’s grave and a show of respect for the mother he last met when he was just 10 months old.

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In 1867 Mary Stuart’s tomb was opened in an attempt to locate the final resting place of her son, James I of England, as Victorians suspected he might have been ordered to be buried with his mother after her death. However, he was eventually found buried with Henry VII (Henry VIII’s father).

Although her son was not buried with her, other descendants of her, including Elizabeth of Bohemia, Prince Rupert of the Rhine and the children of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, were buried in her vault. .

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Cathedral Catholic Grad Isuneh Brady leads USA in 3 routs at FIBA ​​U18 in Buenos Aires https://parishchurch.org.uk/cathedral-catholic-grad-isuneh-brady-leads-usa-in-3-routs-at-fiba-u18-in-buenos-aires/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 18:10:24 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/cathedral-catholic-grad-isuneh-brady-leads-usa-in-3-routs-at-fiba-u18-in-buenos-aires/ Isuneh Brady leads USA with 17 points per game at the FIBA ​​U18 Americas Championship in Buenos Aires. Here she stars in the USA’s 81-29 win over Colombia. Photo credit: fiba.basketball/ Cathedral Catholic High graduate Isuneh Brady was among five Americans to score in double figures as the United States beat Puerto Rico, one of […]]]>
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Isuneh Brady leads USA with 17 points per game at the FIBA ​​U18 Americas Championship in Buenos Aires. Here she stars in the USA’s 81-29 win over Colombia. Photo credit: fiba.basketball/

Cathedral Catholic High graduate Isuneh Brady was among five Americans to score in double figures as the United States beat Puerto Rico, one of three American wins this week in international play.

Brady is the only American to do so in all three preliminary round games of the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She scored match highs of 20 in a 106-31 victory against El Salvador Wednesday and 17 in an 81-29 victory over Colombia Monday.

Between the two, she added 14 as the United States (3-0) posted another lopsided victory, over Puerto Rico93-38, Tuesday.

Brady, whose nickname is Ice, leads the team in the tournament, averaging 17 points per game. She’s committed to playing college ball in Connecticut.

The United States concluded the first round on Wednesday against El Salvador (0-3). After a rest day on Thursday, they begin Friday’s quarter-finals against Mexico (0-3). Game time is pending.

The games are streamed on FIBA YouTube Channel.

Wednesday’s victory was the 62nd in 64 games for the United States in FIBA ​​Women’s Under-18 competition since 1988.

Tournament players must be born on or after January 1, 2004.

– City News Service

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Pro Cathedral to celebrate Joyce’s works once banned by the Vatican – The Irish Times https://parishchurch.org.uk/pro-cathedral-to-celebrate-joyces-works-once-banned-by-the-vatican-the-irish-times/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 17:10:43 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/pro-cathedral-to-celebrate-joyces-works-once-banned-by-the-vatican-the-irish-times/ In 1933, when it was finally banned in the United States, the language of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses was described by a famous American Jesuit priest as “foamy, scrofulous, putrid, like excrement of the spirit.” The words are listed in the dictionary, but never in the writings or on anyone’s tongue except the lunatics or […]]]>

In 1933, when it was finally banned in the United States, the language of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses was described by a famous American Jesuit priest as “foamy, scrofulous, putrid, like excrement of the spirit.” The words are listed in the dictionary, but never in the writings or on anyone’s tongue except the lunatics or the lowest human dregs. The critics said what courage. Sexual neurotics said it was beautiful. The normal person said I’m sick.

So wrote Father Francis X Talbot, then literary editor of the Jesuit publication in the United States.

“Only a person who had been a Catholic, only a person with an incurably sick mind, could be so diabolically venomous towards God, towards the Blessed Sacrament, towards the Virgin Mary. But the ‘Ulysses’ case is closed,” a- he writes.

“All the curiosity caused by the extraneous circumstances of its ban is over. It has now been reduced to a simple book. It will be discussed, no doubt, in the small literary pools of amateurs and young radical Catholics. But for most of it is in the grave, fragrant,” he wrote. Father Talbot, it seems, was mistaken.

Not all Jesuits think the same, among them Father Brendan Staunton SJ, chaplain of Dublin’s Pro Cathedral. He has invited former RTÉ radio actor and producer Gerry McArdle to host James Joyce readings to mark Bloomsday next Thursday at St Kevin’s Oratory in the Cathedral.

Among the planned excerpts are some of Ulysses and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, both of which were also on the Vatican’s banned books index before the practice was abolished in 1966 by Pope Paul VI.

Thursday’s event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to last about an hour, is Joyce’s first reading in the Cathedral Pro and will include the (in)famous Hellfire Sermon from The Portrait as well as excerpts from ‘Ulysses on Father Conmee, a Jesuit priest who was on the staff of Clongowes Wood College Co Kildare and Belvedere College in Dublin when Joyce attended both.

The main player is Gerry McArdle, who plays Buck Mulligan in the famous – often described as definitive – 1982 RTÉ recording of Ulysses. He will be aided and abetted by singer Raphael Kelly, who is well known in Dublin musical circles – All are welcome.

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A service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral pays tribute to the victims of the war in Ukraine https://parishchurch.org.uk/a-service-at-st-patricks-cathedral-pays-tribute-to-the-victims-of-the-war-in-ukraine/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:49:15 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/a-service-at-st-patricks-cathedral-pays-tribute-to-the-victims-of-the-war-in-ukraine/ NEW YORK (CNS) – New York’s Ukrainian Catholics and other faithful found community and comfort June 11 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Borys Gudziak, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, led an evening memorial prayer service for victims of the war in Ukraine. It […]]]>

NEW YORK (CNS) – New York’s Ukrainian Catholics and other faithful found community and comfort June 11 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Borys Gudziak, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, led an evening memorial prayer service for victims of the war in Ukraine.

It was a traditional service for the deceased, known in the Eastern Catholic Church as “panakhyda”. The Ukrainian Dumka Choir from New York sang and throughout the service there were prayers and readings in English and Ukrainian.

Many faithful gathered to pray for family members and friends in their homeland and for the very future of the country, which was invaded by Russian forces on February 24.

Archbishop Gudziak, who is also responsible for the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s external relations around the world, estimated that during the duration of the 45-minute service, another 10 to 20 Ukrainians would be killed and another 60 injured. He said the total number of dead Ukrainians cannot be accurately counted because many of those killed were buried in mass graves.

After the service, the Archbishop told PIX 11 News reporter Magee Hickey that to help Ukraine, people need to “pray, be informed, plead and help as much as you can.”

“There are a lot of people who need food, medicine and the country needs defensive help,” he added.

According to Hickey, one estimate puts the amount of relief American Catholics have given to Ukrainians at $100 million.

Cardinal Dolan said many Americans are surprised by the “deep faith” of the Ukrainian people. “They didn’t realize how loyal they are and have such beautiful religious diversity – Jewish, Islamic and Christian.”

In May, the cardinal made a brief visit to Lviv, Ukraine, as part of a trip by a church delegation from New York to visit and express solidarity with Ukrainian refugees, including those from countries bordering Poland and Slovakia.

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, Latin Rite Archbishop of Lviv, met with leaders of the Ukrainian Catholic University, families of displaced Ukrainians who found refuge during the war and student volunteers.

The American Prelate told the Religious Information Service of Ukraine that he was surprised and inspired by the Ukrainians he met. “I thought I would come to Ukraine and see a great depression,” he said. “Yes, I see sadness and pain, but I am impressed by the vitality, hope and solidarity of Ukrainians.”

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral after the prayer service, Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, told Pix 11’s Hickey that Ukraine would win the war. “Victory is imminent. It will unfortunately cost more extra lives,” he said.

As she left St. Patrick’s Day, Ukrainian New Yorker Sofika Pysanky said: “Yeah, we’re going to (win). If we don’t, it will be the end of Ukraine.

More than 13 million people have fled their homes since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to the United Nations. Nearly 5 million people have left for neighboring countries, while 8 million people are believed to be displaced within Ukraine itself, according to the UN.

The global body also estimated that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have returned to their home countries, especially to cities.

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The Fiji Times » Stones of Faith – Sacred Heart Cathedral https://parishchurch.org.uk/the-fiji-times-stones-of-faith-sacred-heart-cathedral/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 09:56:25 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/the-fiji-times-stones-of-faith-sacred-heart-cathedral/ In the heart of the city of Suva, located along Pratt Street, stands the magnificent Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Known as the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, the grand European design features blocks of sandstone imported from Australia, concrete staircases, balustrades and two towers. The capital is moved to Suva: St. Paul’s […]]]>

In the heart of the city of Suva, located along Pratt Street, stands the magnificent Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Known as the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, the grand European design features blocks of sandstone imported from Australia, concrete staircases, balustrades and two towers.

The capital is moved to Suva: St. Paul’s Church – 1885

When Abbé Bréhéret wrote his annual report for 1879, the government had still not taken a decision on whether to move the capital of Levuka to the deep-water port of Suva, in the south-east of the main island.

He thought Levuka was more central than Suva.

However, this changed when Suva started to develop as a commercial center and Europeans were attracted by the opportunities offered. The cathedral timeline began in 1885 when the first Roman Catholic church was just a small wooden chapel of St Paul in Toorak Rd.

Father Chaix was sent to serve the hundred or so Europeans and the many Solomons and Neo-Hebrides living in the new capital. St Paul’s was the first Christian church to be built in Suva and it could be seen from the bay by ships entering the harbour.

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The construction of Suva Cathedral was the most important of all the Bishop’s undertakings.

Reverend Dr Julien Vidal was the first Roman Catholic bishop in Fiji in 1888.

He purchased the site of the cathedral in Suva and hired Father Anselme Rosier from New Caledonia to begin the plans for the cathedral using local stone.

Attempts were made to obtain permission to quarry stone from Labiko Island but after much difficulty it was abandoned and a quarry purchased at Walu Bay.

Unfortunately, the stone proved to be unsuitable and there were no qualified masons to prepare the blocks anyway. In 1892, the crypt was excavated to lay the foundations.

Two years later, in 1894, after work on the site had cost £350 (F$940) in land, equipment, lime and boats, little had been achieved and work was suspended.

Bishop Vidal travels to Sydney and decides to import blocks of sandstone from the Pyrmont quarries. On July 22, the cornerstone was laid by Archbishop Redwood of Wellington.

In 1896, the crypt was completed.

Abbé Rosier and his Caledonian stonemasons return to their country, leaving behind the inexperienced labor to continue on their own.

The problems worsened with an increase in the cost of transporting the stones. During his stay in Europe, Bishop Vidal met a young architect, Pierre Bourdier.

He was encouraged by the bishop to accompany him to Suva as Brother Bourdier.

He arrived in 1897 and immediately took charge of the construction of the cathedral.

However, an outbreak of bubonic plague occurred in Sydney in 1900, which resulted in severe quarantine regulations being imposed on Fiji for over six months. On top of this, heavy stone imports were eventually suspended and Australian stonemasons were made redundant.

August 1901, the statue of Christ is raised above the front gable and the ornamentation of the facade is in progress.

A year later (1902), the main structure was completed, but due to financial constraints, construction of the towers was postponed.

However, on July 20 of the same year, the building was blessed and used for the first time.

The Vicar Apostolic of Fiji at the time was Reverend Dr Julien Vidal. Father Bourdier later undertook studies for the priesthood and was ordained in 1906 at the age of 50.

Over the years, construction of the two towers began from 1934 to 1935, and fundraising by the congregation began.

In 1937, Abbé Bourdier died at the age of 80 while he was still working on the plans for the towers of the cathedral.

Two years later (1939), the two towers and a flight of concrete steps curved around the southwest corner to match the opposite side were completed.

In 1993 construction of the sanctuary and the major upgrade undertaken to the cathedral by the Archbishop of Suva, Rev. Petero Mataca began.

Jaimi Associates lead architect won the Fiji Association of Architects award for renovations.

Finally completed in 1994, the cathedral commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Marist mission in Fiji on August 15.

The cathedral was inaugurated by His Eminence Jozef Cardinal Tomko, special envoy of Pope John Paul II.

Twenty years later (2014), Archbishop Emeritus Petero Mataca was buried and buried in the crypt.

  • Source: Voyage of Faith: The Story of the First 100 Years of Catholic Missionary Efforts in Fiji and Rotuma Written by Margaret Knox
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Vandalism at the Catholic cathedral: Seychelles shocked by the destruction of statues and crosses https://parishchurch.org.uk/vandalism-at-the-catholic-cathedral-seychelles-shocked-by-the-destruction-of-statues-and-crosses/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 12:42:29 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/vandalism-at-the-catholic-cathedral-seychelles-shocked-by-the-destruction-of-statues-and-crosses/ All of the cathedral’s statues and prayer stations of the cross were destroyed and a fire was set on the pews and crucifixes. (Nation of Seychelles) Photo license The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, has strongly condemned and denounced the acts of vandalism that took place in the Roman Catholic Church Immaculate Conception Cathedral in […]]]>

All of the cathedral’s statues and prayer stations of the cross were destroyed and a fire was set on the pews and crucifixes. (Nation of Seychelles)

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The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, has strongly condemned and denounced the acts of vandalism that took place in the Roman Catholic Church Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the capital Victoria on Thursday evening.

All of the cathedral’s statues and prayer stations of the cross were destroyed and a fire was set on the pews and crucifixes.

Ramkalawan, who is also an Anglican priest, said he was saddened and appalled that such unacceptable acts had taken place.

“This is not just a crime against the church but a crime against the whole country, a crime against our own harmonious culture of tolerance among our people. It is a place of worship where we raise our prayers to our creator, our children receive sacraments here, where we share solemn spiritual moments and where we come to seek consolation and support when the lives of our loved ones pass away,” he said.

The president is offering a reward of SCR100,000 ($7,600) to anyone who can provide information while police are investigating.





Ramkalawan (2nd left), who is also an Anglican priest, said he was saddened and appalled that such unacceptable acts had taken place. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Victoria, Alain Harel, said what happened is shocking and sad.

“At the moment it’s a shock and a pain and I tell you frankly that I don’t know what to do next. But I know that the Cathedral is a strong symbol. It is the mother of all the churches in the diocese. When we arrived at the church, we see a crucifix which has been destroyed… The crucifix shows us Jesus on the cross who has forgiven, but forgiveness does not mean that we cannot fight against ideologies which destroy a society,” he said.

Father David Alcindor of the Roman Catholic Diocese told SNA that what happened is very sad not only for the Catholic community but for the country as a whole.

“All the statues found in the church were smashed and we also saw traces of petrol on the pews where they tried to set them on fire. The artefacts that were smashed are priceless and have been in the church for many years. years,” he said. said.

Alcindor said that “we will have to sit down and decide what to do next. Once the police have finished their work in the cathedral, we will resume our services – but first we must first organize a ritual of purification and repair”.

He added that “when we locked the doors at night, we didn’t know there was anyone in the church, so these things happened overnight.”





Father David Alcindor of the Roman Catholic Diocese told SNA that what happened is very sad not only for the Catholic community but for the country as a whole. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

Visible Police Chief Antoine Desnousse told reporters that while the motive and exactly what happened remains to be established, he treats this incident as very serious.

“Although the cathedral does not have security cameras on its premises, the police are looking at cameras found in other buildings which may give us clues to the presence of vehicles or anything else because it does not there was no visible sign of a break-in,” Desnousse said.

He did not release more information as an investigation has begun.

The chairman of the opposition United Seychelles (US) party, Patrick Herminie, said it was with great sadness and regret that the party learned of the vandalism at the cathedral.

“These actions show the degeneration of morality in our small country and that many of us have lost respect for religion. United Seychelles joins the Seychellois community in condemning these barbaric actions and pray that in this difficult time for the Catholic Church and the people of Seychelles in general, severe measures are being taken to bring those responsible to justice,” said Herminie.

Thela Lalande, a devotee at the cathedral, said: “I was talking to a nun in her 80s and she told me it was the first time something like this had happened at the cathedral. It’s the devil’s work; it’s so sad that it happened.”

Seychelles has a predominantly Roman Catholic population, with over 70% believers, followed in congregation size by Anglicans, Hindus, Muslims and other faiths.

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Jubilee celebrations at Nottingham Cathedral https://parishchurch.org.uk/jubilee-celebrations-at-nottingham-cathedral/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 17:47:13 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/jubilee-celebrations-at-nottingham-cathedral/ Bishop Patrick McKinney greets the crowd Source: Diocese of Nottingham The bank holiday weekend kicked off at Nottingham Cathedral with a spectacular musical celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Extraordinary Reign. The sold-out event saw over 500 attendees gather at the cathedral, including a number of civic dignitaries and ecumenical guests from across the city […]]]>

Bishop Patrick McKinney greets the crowd

Source: Diocese of Nottingham

The bank holiday weekend kicked off at Nottingham Cathedral with a spectacular musical celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Extraordinary Reign. The sold-out event saw over 500 attendees gather at the cathedral, including a number of civic dignitaries and ecumenical guests from across the city and county. Sir John Peace, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Her Majesty’s Representative in the County was also present. It was a joy to see the cathedral so full and it certainly added to the conviviality of the celebrations.

Opening with a stunning rendition of Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, the combined choir, organist and orchestra set the tone and standard for the evening. Mozart’s Coronation Mass followed, and then a number of pieces by Byrd, Elgar and Parry filled the second half of the evening. The ensemble of folk songs from the Nottingham Cathedral Boys and Girls Choir was particularly appreciated by those present.

The evening was blessed with good weather, allowing attendees to enjoy a glass of bubbly in the beautiful cathedral gardens during intermission. A collection was made during the interval for Emmanuel House, a local homeless charity with strong links to the Catholic community here in Nottingham, and over £1,000 was raised.

Bishop Patrick McKinney was delighted to welcome the large crowd, many of whom had never visited the cathedral before. He presented the concert “as a way of expressing our admiration for Queen Elizabeth in this year of her Platinum Jubilee”. On Twitter, the Mayor of Nottingham, Councilor Wendy Smith, thanked the cathedral for the “magnificent ecumenical concert” and added that “the delightful children’s choir made a perfect evening”. Nottingham High Sheriff Paul Southby also commented on a ‘beautiful musical celebration’ and showcased ‘a fine example of handmade streamers by local school children’ on his Twitter account. Those in attendance commented on how uplifting the concert was and how it really put the cathedral on the map.

Special thanks to Mr Gregory Treloar, Music Director, Nottingham Cathedral Choir and Girls and Boys Choirs, Derby Cathedral Lay Clerks, Mr Alexander Binns Organist and The Helix Ensemble. And a big thank you to those who sponsored the evening which would not have been possible without their support: The Friends of Nottingham Cathedral, DJ Hall Funeral Directors, AW Lymn’s Funeral Directors, The Knights of St Columba and the Parishes of St Joseph’s Leicester, Holy Spirit West Bridgford and Le Bon Pasteur, Woodthorpe.

Find out more about the Diocese of Nottingham: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/

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