The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in Garden Grove, California, has announced a multiyear pledge of $20 million from an anonymous donor to help fund renovations to the Crystal Cathedral.
Made through the Orange Catholic Foundation, the largest gift ever to the diocese will be used to transform the thirty-four-acre cathedral campus and its seven buildings, which the diocese acquired in 2012, into a multifaceted community center that supports interfaith outreach, diverse cultural expression, and the arts. The gift was made as part of a capital campaign that has raised more than $85 million from twenty-four thousand parishioners and donors. Designed by American architect Philip Johnson and completed in 1981, what today is known as Christ Cathedral is the largest glass building in the world. The renovated structure is expected to be dedicated in 2017.
The donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, was not only inspired by the diocese's stewardship of the property, but also by its commitment to ecumenical outreach and the creation of a center where faith, culture, and the arts are celebrated by all. "I am blessed to offer my faithful and financial support to the diocese's efforts to restore and renovate the campus and make its vision for the Christ Cathedral a reality," said the donor. "I hope this gift will inspire other donors in our community to give as well."