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Guest Column by Bishop Conlon in Steubenville “Herald Star”

In today’s (December 31, 2006) Steubenville Herald Star there’s a Guest Column by Bishop Conlon in which he shares some of his thoughts about the Catholic Church in the city and Diocese of Steubenville, Triumph of the Cross, and his prayerful commitment to the people and the Catholic Church of Steubenville.

The link above and here is to a pdf copy of the column. It’s a very thoughtful article, well worth the time to read and reflect on.

 Jim Coyle

(Update: Links to article added 1/5/2007)

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Christmas Eve Update

I know it’s been a while since our last update here. Developing the detailed designs for Triumph of the Cross cathedral has been the primary focus of the architects and the parish Building Committee, and we look forward to sharing the results as we reach different milestones. As the process continues, it’s great to see the members of the committee work together, using their talents and experience in this special project. There are members with architecture, building project planning and construction experience working with the architects at very practical levels and planning what we hope are the best ways to involve local firms and workers in building the cathedral. Some of us with audio and video experience interacting with the acoustical consultants for the project to help design the sound and sound system so you and I will clearly hear and experience high-quality sound in our worship; and the artistic strengths of several committee members have been essential factors every step of the way.

All of us are concerned with the costs of building the cathedral and are making suggestions and decisions to keep costs under control while still building a beautiful, worship-full church and cathedral for Triumph of the Cross parish and the Diocese of Steubenville. Since our beginning in the Fall of 2005, the parish Finance Council and the Building Committee have been the groups working jointly on the design and development of Triumph of the Cross.

The men and women of these committees come from all of the existing parishes forming Triumph of the Cross. We’re committed to this project, knowing it’s a rare opportunity to plan and build a church and cathedral for our parish and for the diocese – for people, not institutions – where we’ll come together as a community to worship God and build new relationships with one another. What we’re doing now is not only for our families and friends, but for generations of Catholics to come.

We were disappointed that Steubenville’s City Council’s buildings and grounds committee didn’t grant our request to vacate Garfield Road and build a replacement on another part of the site, allowing us to build the cathedral closer to Holy Rosary school so students and parishioners wouldn’t have to cross an active street to reach the cathedral, but we’re designing a plan that moves the cathedral to a different part of the site.

For all of us, the closing of our present parishes is painful, but looking and the shortage of priests and other facts presented by the diocesan task force, which have been shared again in earlier posts to this weblog, we realize that the change is necessary for the Catholic church in Steubenville. We’re grateful for the positive response by many people, even though they haven’t been as vocal as others, and pray for unity in our Church and in the community as we continue to seek the Lord and do His will.

In early January we’ll be meeting with potential contractors for the project as we move closer to the construction phase of Triumph of the Cross. The design process has been filled with discussions and decisions, and we’re all looking forward to starting construction.

I wish you and your loved ones a most Blessed Christmas season, and look forward to sharing the building of Triumph of the Cross with you during the new year.

Jim Coyle