Bunbury Cathedral plans released

Plans have been unveiled for the Cathedral to replace the former building that was demolished after being extensively damaged by a tornado that ripped through Bunbury on 16 May 2005.

Bishop Gerard J Holohan said the design of the new building is a reflection of extensive community wide consultation undertaken following the demolition of the former St Patrick’s Cathedral.

“The overwhelming community call was for an iconic Cathedral centred on the same axis as Victoria St, Bunbury’s main thoroughfare, with a traditional exterior and modern interior,” Bishop Holohan said.

“The design reflects the wishes of the community and will be a fitting replacement for the former St Patrick’s Cathedral.

“I am very pleased to be able to say that the new Bunbury Catholic Cathedral design reflects faithfully the wishes of the general community of the South West, and of the Catholic community."

Architect Marcus Collins has made available an artist’s impression (pictured) for public comment.

“Marcus Collins, has designed a simple but beautiful building with very simple materials” the Bishop said.

“Cathedrals are built to last centuries. Probably no other building in Bunbury will remain when the new Cathedral is still standing.”

“The new Cathedral will give future generations some appreciation of our Bunbury community today. I am confident that we are giving future generations something they can be proud of.”

Iconic Cathedral for Bunbury (Diocese of Bunbury 31/10/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Diocese of Bunbury

Award winning architect appointed for Bunbury Cathedral (CathNews, 28/02/06)
Bunbury survey finds support for new cathedral (CathNews 20/10/05)
Diocese to preserve Cathedral memories on video (CathNews 22/7/05)
Bunbury cathedral demolished (CathNews 6/7/05)
Pope sympathises with Bunbury over Cathedral loss (CathNews 27/6/05)
Storm-damaged cathedral to be demolished (CathNews 31/5/05)
Tornado-damaged Cathedral may face demolition (CathNews 23/5/05)

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