The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench


Triumph of the Cross, and a triumph of good taste

posted by deacon greg kandra

A new cathedral is about to built in Steubenville, Ohio, and it looks lovely. Small, as cathedrals go, but modest in scale and fairly traditional in design. The local paper has the scoop:

The Catholic Diocese of Steubenville got the OK to proceed with plans for a new cathedral.

But approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals Monday came with a price.

The diocese, represented by Meacham & Apel Architects Inc. of Dublin, had requested seven variances from the city concerning the height of the new church, an illuminated sign and the continuation of existing parking practices.

The variances were approved but the zoning appeals panel required the planners to include the construction of a new 60-space parking lot near Johnson Road and a traffic study to be approved by the city engineer before final zoning approval will be granted.

The panel also announced the diocese has a two-year deadline for completion of the Triumph of the Cross Cathedral.

According to John Westling, chairman of the zoning appeals board, “if you don’t build the church in the next two years, you will have to come back here and ask for your variances again.”

The Rev. Tim McGuire, pastor of the proposed cathedral, said “there was good give and take by everyone tonight,” following the meeting.

“There were compromises by everyone involved. The additional parking lot to be constructed along with the building of the church will add cost to the project but we will have to deal with that,” McGuire said.

“We want to be good neighbors to the residents in that area. We will work with the neighbors,” McGuire stated.

You can visit the parish’s website for a gallery of plans and models. Let’s wish them well and pray that this beautiful project will be successfully completed.



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

This blog is no longer active
This blog is no longer being actively updated. Please feel free to browse the archives or: Read our most popular inspiration blog See our most popular inspirational video Take our most popular quiz

posted 10:42:40pm Dec. 12, 2010 | read full post »

One day more
A reminder: "The Deacon's Bench" is closed! Please enjoy the archives!

posted 11:26:20pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below.

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The immediate aftermath of the storm for this class would be

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy.

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.