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Legislation #: 030438 Introduction Date: 4/3/2003
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 4/3/2003
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER XBARNES
Title: Honoring and recognizing the restored and renovated Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and its importance as a spiritual, prophetic and physical symbol for area Catholics and downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

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RESOLUTION NO. 030438

 

Honoring and recognizing the restored and renovated Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and its importance as a spiritual, prophetic and physical symbol for area Catholics and downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

 

WHEREAS, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph. Within the 27-county diocese spreading across northern and western Missouri, there are 143,000 Catholics among 100 parishes symbolically connected to Kansas Citys Cathedral; and

 

WHEREAS, from the laying of the cornerstone in 1882 to the opening Mass in 1883, construction of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception resulted from the cooperative labors of the growing Catholic community in Kansas City; and

 

WHEREAS, the earliest European American settlers in what would become Kansas City were Francois and Berenice Chouteau. Early Catholic services were held in the Chouteaus Trading Post. By 1835, the growing community constructed a log cabin church on the site where the present Cathedral stands; and

 

WHEREAS, after 74 years of weathering the elements, the Cathedrals copper dome began to deteriorate. Bishop John P. Cody created a Kansas City landmark when the covered the dome, cross and cupola with a 23 carat gold leaf in 1960; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2003, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was restored and renovated through the generosity of more than 12,000 individuals and the leadership of Bishop Raymond J. Boland. An additional $1.5 million became available through Tax Increment Financing supported by the City of Kansas City and a campaign sponsored by Cathedral parishioners; and

 

WHEREAS, as the oldest worshiping congregation in the city, the 1,260 households of Cathedral Parish strive to bring their faith into the heart of the city and contribute to the renaissance of downtown Kansas City. Cathedral Social Services reaches out to those in need with emergency assistance for food, rent and utilities. The Cathedral Center for Prayer and Work coordinates forums for the downtown business community around topics of spirituality in the workplace and supports people in career transitions. Cathedral Square Towers provide 157 units of affordable housing for the elderly; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council honor and recognize the restored and renovated Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Bishop Raymond J. Boland in appreciation by the Mayor and Council for its importance as a spiritual, prophetic and physical symbol for area Catholics and downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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