As a symbol of the unity of believers and their Church, cathedrals have been central to Catholic worship for thousands of years. A cathedral is the diocese’s “mother church” and the core of liturgical life. The Diocese of Orange’s ambitious campaign will transform the historic Crystal Cathedral into the vibrant heart of the diocese.
St. Ignatius of Antioch stated that “where the Bishop is, there is the Church.” So the place where the Bishop formally presides over the holy table of God’s word and sacrament is central to our spiritual lives. As the liturgical heart and center of our Catholic faith, Christ Cathedral will inspire and challenge us, humbling us with its profound celebration of God’s magnificence.
Because of its history, significance, and scale, Christ Cathedral will continue to be a popular destination for tourists from across the globe. Its iconic beauty – and its many arts and cultural events and offerings – will shine as a cultural beacon to believers of all faiths. Most important, it will serve for decades, even centuries, as a central place of worship for Southern California Catholics.