Forum marks Bunbury Cathedral destruction anniversary

Western Australia's Bunbury diocese is urging the community to use yesterday's anniversary of the tornado that swept through the city to remember the historic St Patrick's Cathedral and to get behind next month's forum to discuss the design of the new cathedral.

The ABC reports that last May's storms caused millions of dollars damage to homes and businesses in Bunbury and forced the demolition of the 84-year-old cathedral.

Planning is under way towards rebuilding the cathedral, but it is expected to be some time before the design or cost is finalised.

Bishop Gerard Holohan says parishes throughout the diocese remembered the anniversary of the tornado at weekend masses. He also asked all parishioners to pray for those involved in planning for the rebuilding of the new Cathedral precinct.

"It's been a building of such significance in the past that it's one we need bear in mind as we're looking to the future," he said.

"It has been a place of great joy and celebration over the decades, and of grief at the funerals of loved ones. The first parishioner baptised in the Cathedral is still living in Bunbury," the Bishop added.

A video titled "Bunbury Cathedral - Reflections" was distributed to all parishes throughout the diocese to commemorate the anniversary and a community forum will be held next month to discuss the design of the new cathedral.

A statement from the Bunbury diocese says that the purpose of the forum is to exchange ideas about the possible design of a new cathedral between architect Marcus Collins and interested parishioners.

Bunbury asked to remember historic cathedral (ABC South West WA AM 16/5/06)
Parishioner forum with Cathedral architect (15 May 2006)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Bishop Gerard Holohan: A reflection on the past twelve months (Diocese of Bunbury 13-14/5/06)
Diocese of Bunbury

Award winning architect appointed for Bunbury Cathedral (CathNews 28/2/06)
Bunbury survey finds support for new cathedral (CathNews 20/10/05)
Diocese to preserve Cathedral memories on video (CathNews 22/7/05)
Bunbury cathedral demolished (CathNews 6/7/05)
Pope sympathises with Bunbury over Cathedral loss (CathNews 27/6/05)
Storm-damaged cathedral to be demolished (CathNews 31/5/05)
Tornado-damaged Cathedral may face demolition (CathNews 23/5/05)

17 May 2006