It’s now more than 160 years since Saint John's iconic landmark was built. And it needs considerable urgent restoration. Fortunately, many people appreciate the sacrifices that were made to build this architectural wonder and are committed to preserving it. We believe we have an obligation to them and to our province to pass this great legacy of heritage and tradition to future generations. Because the Cathedral matters. In fact, our Cathedral has been designated as a Provincial Heritage Place, making it part of our nation’s heritage.
The funds we raise will address necessary and long overdue restoration work on our historic Cathedral. But our broader vision for the restoration includes a transformed city block that will once again thrive as a residential neighbourhood and a centre of social justice and community outreach. Toward that end, we plan to collaborate to repurpose the St. Vincent’s High School building as affordable housing. And we plan to lead a renaissance that will become a model for urban renewal.
Churches are part of our collective memory. In countless conversations with custodians and clergymen, with residents and visitors alike, I have been reminded over and over of the deep and personal influence the Cathedral has had on individuals, their families, and the Waterloo Village neighbourhood where the Cathedral stands.
Many of our great churches are on the endangered list. Some risk being demolished for lack of interest or funds. Like our ancestors who faced tremendous odds building this majestic Cathedral, we are determined not to let this happen to Saint John's only cathedral. We mean to secure our heritage for generations to come.
We ask you to join us.
President, T4G Ltd.
Chairman, Cathedral Restoration Project
and Cathedral Heritage Foundation