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New cathedral opens on Lake Merritt

on September 25, 2008


SEPT. 25 — After three years and $190 million spent, the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland’s newest house of worship, was officially dedicated today in the presence of Cardinals, Bishops and over 1,500 East Bay residents.  The dedication ceremony of a new cathedral — in which the cathedral is formally consecrated — is a relatively rare liturgical service; the Cathedral of Christ the Light is one of only three cathedrals in the United States to be dedicated since 1990.  “It almost never happens,” said Mike Brown, communications director for the cathedral.  “This was a very meaningful moment for the diocese.”

Read for yourself: Bishop Allen Vigneron’s dedication homily


  1. Just Me on May 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Where are people going to PARK for a church that holds over a thousand people? The building itself is striking and inspiring, although those “spokes” at the top just don’t feel like church spires.

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