Diocesan Events

Bishop announces April 6 townhall meeting to discuss Cathedral status

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Juneau, AK.

Bishop Edward J. Burns has announced a town hall meeting to be held on Monday, April 6th, 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral parish hall in downtown Juneau. This meeting will also be livestreamed to the internet.

This town hall meeting will include Bishop Burns and Fr. Thomas Lucas, SJ — a liturgical and church building consultant from Seattle who has been assisting the Diocese and the Cathedral Renovation Steering Committee. Fr. Lucas will be presenting and discussing his recent liturgical evaluation of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its suitability for continuing as the Cathedral of our Diocese.

This townhall meeting will livestreamed to the internet at the following link:


Following is the complete text of the letter from Bishop Burns:

March 31, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Greetings on this eve of the Easter Triduum.

I’m writing to share with you that Fr. Pat Casey and I, along with the Cathedral Renovation Steering Committee, have received the draft site report from MRV Architects on the condition of the Cathedral. In their report, the architects stated that the building is structurally sound and can be renovated.

As part of the site survey, MRV engaged a liturgical consultant, Fr. Thomas Lucas, SJ, a nationally renowned liturgist currently serving as the superior of the Jesuit community at Seattle University. After inspecting the church building, Fr. Lucas concluded that the present structure, even with extensive renovation would continue to be inadequate in size and as a site for cathedral and diocesan liturgies. He recommends that the diocesan leadership consider relocating the cathedral to a new or existing site in the greater Juneau area.

I have asked Fr. Lucas to travel here to present his liturgical evaluation of the Cathedral and his recommendations to parishioners of the Cathedral and St. Paul’s.

His presentation and the town hall meeting to follow are scheduled for this Monday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral parish hall. I apologize for the very short notice of this important meeting, but my travel schedule and Fr. Lucas’s availability require that our meeting take place the day after Easter if it is to happen at all in the coming month.

I urge you to attend Fr. Lucas’s presentation Monday as we continue to move forward as the Catholic community of Juneau.

May God bless you abundantly during this holiest season in the Church’s year of grace!

Yours in Christ,

Edward J. Burns
Bishop of Juneau

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