The appeal was established by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to restore the former Cathedral of St John the Baptist to its former glory for all to enjoy. Works, which commenced this week with site establishment and preparatory drainage, are expected to be completed in time for the culmination of a year of celebrations on 1 November 2016.
St John’s is not only culturally significant to the people of Maitland, it also provides a connection to family for many Catholics, both within the diocese as well as those dispersed around Australia and internationally.
In 2016 St John’s will celebrate its 150th anniversary of being claimed by Bishop Murray as the cathedral church of the diocese as well as the 170th anniversary of its opening as a church for the people of West Maitland and surrounds.
The restoration of St John’s, the Bishop’s House and surrounds will ultimately form an integral part of the redevelopment of the whole Cathedral Street Precinct as an historical and cultural place of worship, celebration, social gathering and pilgrimage over the coming years.
This first stage of the restoration encompasses restoration of the church, renovation of the Bishop’s House and landscaping.
For more information visit http://www.mn.catholic.org.au/parishes-priests/st-johns-restoration
Should you wish to contribute to this significant project visit http://www.mn.catholic.org.au/parishes-priests/st-johns-restoration/donate-now