The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh announced Friday that it will break ground on a new cathedral in West Raleigh on Jan. 3.
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will be located on about 39 acres that once housed diocese offices and Cardinal Gibbons High School, between Western Boulevard and Centennial Parkway. Bishop Michael Burbidge said earlier this year that the project would cost about $41 million and take about two years to complete.
Holy Name of Jesus will replace the 90-year-old Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown Raleigh, which with a capacity of about 320 is the second-smallest cathedral in the country after Juneau, Alaska, according to Burbidge.
The new cathedral will seat about 2,000 and serve as the mother church for a diocese that covers the eastern half of North Carolina and includes about 214,000 registered Catholics.
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The building will host several worship services every Sunday, as well as special events, such as concerts and lectures. Sacred Heart Church downtown will remain, used for daily masses, weddings and other special events.