Is the building project at the Cathedral completed? Well, except for a few small things Phase 2 Stage 2 pretty much is (we are currently working on the kitchen, which is a separate part of the project). We still of course have to raise some more money but hopefully that will come in good time. The refurbished Cotsidas Auditorium as well as the classrooms and the new “Bumpout” are beautiful, and I look forward to all of the spaces getting heavy use. Check out pictures here.
I have been taking pictures throughout the projects (the ones in the link above were not taken by me) but haven’t posted them – for the most part people could see through the doors what was going on. But below are two pictures I took because they are a piece of history and can be considered Cathedral archaeology. The stairwell at the Russell/Cedar Streets corner (the one by what was the Food Pantry entrance) was demolished as part of the remodeling, but a segment of stairs remained, now buried behind the wall of the storage area where the stage used to be. Here are pictures of the stairs before they were sealed up:
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August 8th, 2011 by Fr. Greg
His Eminence has asked us to distribute the letter below concerning IOCC and the situation in Somalia.
August 2, 2011
To the Rev. Clergy and Faithful in the Metropolis
Dearly Beloved Brethren,
Reading this morning’s N.Y. Times, I was greatly saddened to see a picture of a starving young child in Somalia. Over 500,000 children are at the risk of starvation. This is one of Africa’s worst humanitarian disasters in decades. Millions will die by the end of this year. The magnitude of suffering cannot be imagined.
Whether in Somalia or Haiti or other parts of the world, it is incumbent upon all of us Orthodox Christians to respond to the best of our abilities. We cannot ignore what is happening throughout the world – not to say in our very own cities and towns in America.
Please send whatever financial assistance you can to the IOCC – International Orthodox Christian Charities. You can be sure that your donation will reach the starving children of Somalia. Each child is the icon of Christ placed in our world to remind us that, “if you did it to one of these the least of my children you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:41)
With Episcopal love,
M E T H O D I O S
Metropolitan of Boston
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August 4th, 2011 by Fr. Greg