The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, citing the need to better serve its growing number of followers in the Triangle and around the state, plans to build a new 2,000-seat cathedral and campus on 39 acres it owns in west Raleigh near N.C. State University.
Michael Burbidge, the Bishop of Raleigh, announced the project at a press conference this morning at the diocese’s Catholic Center.
The project, estimated to cost between $75 million and $90 million, would also include a gathering hall and a 3-story parking facility.
Burbidge said the center will host musical events and lecture series as well as worship services.
“We are building a vibrant campus,” he said.
The diocese hopes to break ground on the project by the middle of 2013 after raising about a third of the overall cost of the project, Burbidge said.
Donors have already pledged $10 million toward the campus, according to the diocese.