Bishop signs contracts to restore 170 year-old St John’s to former glory

On Friday 14 August 2015, almost 18 months after the launch of the St John’s Restoration Appeal, and after receiving planning approval, Bishop Bill Wright signed and exchanged contracts with the builder and stonemason to undertake the momentous works which will form the first stage of the project to restore St John’s.

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.

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Kylie Cooper was the Communications Manager for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in 2015.

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