Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau, Alaska. 1913.
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau, Alaska. 1913.

By Cathy Price

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Renovation Steering Committee has been meeting for the last two years with the goal of making a decision on what to do about the physical condition of the deteriorating cathedral building. We have reviewed the work and documents of past Building Committees. A sub-group of the steering committee met twice to determine fundamental liturgical and pastoral requirements of a cathedral. This work was vital because our church was originally constructed as a parish church in 1910. In 1951 the church was designated a cathedral, but the physical requirements of being a cathedral were never addressed.

At the last steering committee meeting we reviewed the Request For Proposal (RFP) for Consultation, Architectural and Engineering Services for Renovation of the Cathedral. After final revisions and corrections were completed the decision was made to send it out. All the architectural firms in Juneau, in addition to a few outside of Alaska, received a copy of the RFP. Responses were to be submitted to the diocese by September 8, 2014. A copy of the RFP is on the diocesan web site for public review.

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A sub-group of the steering committee will review these submissions and decide on a final architectural firm to go forward with this project.

The estimated cost for the project as stated in the RFP, is one to three million dollars. The committee is exploring many options to help finance the renovation. One option that will continue is the Cathedral parish’s Sunday collection for the Building Fund. There will be grant requests developed and sent out, and also fundraising projects organized in the future.

A very important key to the success of this project is prayer. We need your help. The Steering Committee is requesting that you pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us as we make these important decisions.

Donations to the Cathedral Building Fund can be made online at
www.juneaucathedral.org/about/donations