|A view of the new Cathedral Pastoral Center from Throckmorton Street.|
On a rainy Sunday afternoon several hundred people gathered in downtown Fort Worth to witness the historic blessing of the St. Patrick's Cathedral Pastoral Center. Parishioners, who are finishing a successful fundraising effort, gathered and welcomed guests. Since St. Patrick's itself was dedicated on July 10, 1892, the new Pastoral Center is about 120 years overdue. Until recently, the primary meeting space for the Cathedral was the basement of the neighboring St. Ignatius building, a former location for an Academy run by the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur. In keeping with the architectural style of the Cathedral itself, the new building makes use of Neo-Gothic references and expresses a theological continuity that reinforces the centrality of Fort Worth's mother church.
|People begin to gather for the blessing of the new Cathedral Pastoral Center.|
|Bishop Vann says the prayer of blessing.|
|Bishop Farrell and Msgr. Weinzapfel of Dallas were present.|