Members of Divine Street United Methodist Church of Dunn’s Better Life Group (BLG) visited the $46 million Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh. Known as the “spiritual home of the diocese,” the cathedral was not only built to glorify God but to serve as a memorial to the illustrious history of the Raleigh diocese.
The 2,000-seat cathedral contains 50 bells, five of which are inscribed with the names and mottos of each of the leaders of the dioceses of Raleigh who were installed prior to the dedication of the cathedral in July 2017. The 27 statues of the saints, located throughout the cathedral, were carved in Ortisei, Italy, and chosen to represent the cultural diversity present within the diocese of Raleigh. They include Saint Andrew Kim Taegon, a Korean martyr; Saint Andrew Dung-Lee, a Vietnamese martyr; and Saint Martin de Porres, son of a Spanish father and an African mother.
A total of 45 stained-glass windows were salvaged from churches in the of Philadelphia diocese and 50 new windows were created by artisans in the Raleigh area to complete the cathedral’s collection. Below the rose-colored stained glass windows above the main door are three coats of arms of the Raleigh diocese including Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, Pope Francis and the Raleigh diocese coat of arms. These are placed here because it was during the papacy of Pope Francis and the term of service of Bishop Burbidge that the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral project was begun.
“It was an extremely moving and educational experience,” said Huntsie Strickland, one of the BLG group coordinators. “Everyone was impressed by the intricate details and amazing beauty of the cathedral.”
The group also enjoyed lunch at the K&W Cafeteria following the tour. For more information on the Divine Street Methodist Church Better Life Group, contact the church office at 910-892-2339.