Senior Adults Trip
On June 20, 2019, approximately 25 or more seniors from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
journeyed to Raleigh to the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
HOLY NAME OF JESUS CATHEDRAL, RALEIGH
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral that is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh and replaces the Sacred Heart Cathedral. It is located at 715 Nazareth Street, Raleigh. The cathedral openedto the public in 2017 with an estimated construction cost of $46 million. The dedication took place on
July 26, 2017.
This cathedral is shaped like a cross — seating for 1,000 in the nave (main section) and 500 in each of the transepts (wings). With a seating capacity of 2,000, Holy Name of Jesus is the same size as cathedrals in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
There is a red granite cornerstone to the right side of the large, front doors, which was taken to Rome in 2015 by Bishop Burbidge, where Pope Francis blessed it. Just inside the doors to the right is another cornerstone for Holy Name of Jesus Chapel — the Rev. Thomas F. Price built on this site in 1902 at the Catholic orphanage. The cathedral is built on land owned by the Catholic Church for more than a century. Rev. Price, the first native North Carolinian to become an ordained priest, acquired hundreds of acres west of Raleigh in the late 1890s for the establishment of a boys’ orphanage. Part of the land was used for Cardinal Gibbons High School which later moved to West Raleigh and the diocese offices which moved to North Raleigh in 2013.
We learned that there are 50 bells in the tower near the front of the church, including one that was saved from the Holy Name of Jesus Chapel. The other 49 were made of bronze by a bell and clock company from Cincinnati. Just off a gathering space inside the front doors is the Chapel of All Saints which seats about 40 and is used for small ceremonies. The gathering space leads to another set of doors and to where the ceiling goes to about 78 feet. Visitors walk around a marble baptismal font that is six feet around to rows and rows of pews.