To the editor:
As a former resident of Toronto, applauded Bishop Jeffrey Monforton's decision to renovate Holy Name Cathedral in June. It was the only viable and practical solution. It can also become a catalyst toward improving and revitalizing the South End. Hopefully, other churches and businesses will follow suit.
In June he announced that the diocese had $2 million in funds collected during the past seven years for a new cathedral which will now be applied to this project. In the past 60 days he raised $1.75 million from business leaders and individuals in "silent" visits. That means he is looking to raise an additional $1.25 million, less the interest on the investment of the $2 million already collected during the past seven years for a new cathedral.
Hopefully, his announcement of a public campaign will encourage other businesses and individuals to raise the additional money. If he can raise $1.75 million in "silent" visits, I have to believe he can easily raise the money from other businesses and individuals with his public campaign announcement.
The $5 million projected cost of the renovation project seems excessive to me. One item that struck me was the 100-foot bell tower that is being constructed. According to the bishop, "When the bells ring people all over the Ohio Valley" will hear them. Because of this new bell tower, the cathedral will undergo a new roof. What is the cost of the bell tower being constructed that is directly or indirectly tied to the total cost of the renovation project? Is it really necessary to "ring all over the Ohio Valley?"