Photo of the Cathedral provided by the Archdiocese of Hartford.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
HARTFORD, Conn. – (April 19, 2018) Scaffolding encircles the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Hartford, at 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, enabling workers to begin cleaning the outer limestone and repairing structural damage to the steeple, including the bell tower and the cross that crowns it. A new illumination system will also be installed in the steeple making it a beacon of light and symbol of hope in the Archdiocese of Hartford. This first phase of the restoration project, which is part of the Forward with Faith capital campaign, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Forward with Faith, is an historic undertaking, the first archdiocesan-wide capital campaign in the 175-year history of the Archdiocese. Being implemented in every parish throughout the Archdiocese during the next three years, the campaign will be conducted by The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Inc., which serves as the vehicle to help the Archdiocese fulfill its strategic vision and mission. The campaign recognizes that in order for the Archdiocese to be vibrant, its parishes must be vibrant. With this in mind, Forward with Faith places great emphasis on securing the resources to ensure that parishes will be prepared to nurture the next generation of Catholics. In addition, the campaign will invest in Catholic education, and respond to the growing needs of the disadvantaged and vulnerable by increasing the reach and capabilities of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Once phase one is completed, and as additional funding is allocated through the Forward with Faith campaign, other Cathedral projects will be implemented, including: repairing the front plaza; developing a Cathedral Square to include a pedestrian mall, memorial park area, public gardens and a gathering place for the entire community; and renovating the lower Cathedral to create a new cathedral hall featuring education and community meeting facilities, dining area and mausoleum.
During the restoration, the Cathedral’s front, bronze doors located on Farmington Ave. are closed. Visitors need to use the wooden doors on either side, or the new west entrance located on Asylum Ave., which features an elevator for handicapped access and easy access to all levels of the Cathedral.
Phase one is expected to cost $2.2 million and is being subsidized by funds raised at the 2016 Hartford Bishops’ Foundation Gala, generous donations by the Knights of Columbus, and private gifts.
For a brief history of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph visit its new website at: www.HartfordCathedral.org.