HARTFORD – In one of his final official announcements, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell stated that an anonymous donation of $2.8 million will enable a necessary addition to be built at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
The construction project involves the addition of a handicapped-accessible entrance and restroom facilities on the west side of the cathedral.
The structure will include an elevator for easy access to the cathedral and new restrooms on each floor for a total of 16 additional lavatories. Currently, the cathedral has one handicapped accessible restroom on the main floor.
"The Cathedral of St. Joseph as the mother church is the pulse of our archdiocese, bringing together all the members of the faith community to worship and share in communion with God. This is truly a blessing," said Archbishop Mansell.
The new addition is part of a list of renovations being supported by an ongoing capital campaign called Our Gift for Tomorrow, which is in place to preserve and restore the Cathedral of St. Joseph as well as the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.
According to Robert McTiernan, director of development at the Archdiocese of Hartford, both structures embody the history and faith of the archdiocese and are in need of extensive repair. In the past, such projects have been covered by the campaign, but there had not been enough capital to cover a project of this magnitude.
"This was extraordinary news to get from Archbishop Mansell," said Mr. McTiernan. "The addition to the cathedral was one of the main focuses of Our Gift for Tomorrow. This is a great way to launch into 2014."
Archbishop Mansell first announced plans for the cathedral’s renovations during a May 20, 2012, Mass celebrating the 50th anniverary of the structure. Construction is scheduled to begin early this years.
For information about the Our Gift for Tomorrow capital campaign and ways that you can contribute, call 860-547-0513.