As we begin this historic project to restore the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the many gifts that you bring to our Diocese and our parishes.  We are blessed to have a rich history of leadership – one that is ours to preserve for future generations.  More than 170 years since it was established, the Diocese of Saint John continues to serve the needs of Catholics, the poor and the common good of all.

Religious institutions make a unique contribution to the common good and that needs to be preserved. Everyone - whether Catholic or not - benefits from the fact that Catholic churches, hospitals, schools and charitable agencies are driven to serve the most vulnerable. Our nation's founders thought those energies should be put to work and encouraged to grow.

As a centre of arts, culture and community events, we plan to preserve the Cathedral as the centre of a neighbourhood that deserves to be sustained and without which, it may well not.

As one of the earliest Cathedrals built in Canada, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception holds a special place in our history.  More than 160 years old, our Cathedral is not only the mother church of our Diocese, it is one of the finest examples of sacred architecture in Atlantic Canada. The stories of countless families are woven through its rich history. 

I invite you to find your place and your family's in this storied history.

†Robert Harris,
Bishop of Saint John

The spirit of generous cooperation, which has always been a hallmark of the people of New Brunswick, is the same spirit that I pray will carry us to the successful restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.