The Crowning of South Carolina’s Mother Church

Nice feature (with video onsite) of the new steeple and cross placed on the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist last week. It’s a nice festivity for a community, especially during our long Lenten pilgrimage. Bishop Robert Guglielmone:

The cathedral is a symbol; it’s the seat of the diocese, a visible sign of the presence of the Catholic Church in South Carolina. It brings back memories. I think of a lot of things — fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, mothers — who wanted to see this cathedral completed.

The copper plated fiberglass cross at the tip will be visible from Charleston harbor. What won’t be visible is that the reinforced tower under it is a modern high-strength concrete. More earthquake and hurricane resistant–so they say. I wonder about the structure underneath–that’s still century-old hand-chiseled brownstone. If calamity hits, do the steeple and cross come down in one piece?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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