I am pleased to share with you that we are partnering with the Diocese of Scranton on a joint effort to restore and enhance the exterior and interior of our Cathedral in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Diocese. We are deeply grateful to Bishop Joseph Bambera for providing diocesan resources to complete the extensive restoration work to the exterior of the Cathedral.
Soon we will begin work to enhance the interior of the Cathedral to include required updates to the lighting in the Cathedral, a new sound system, construction of a long-needed handicapped accessible restroom and new sanctuary furnishings that will restore the original architectural style that was created when St. Peter’s was consecrated as the Cathedral for the Diocese on September 28, 1884.
In order to finance the improvements to the interior of the Cathedral, our parish and the Diocese are asking for your support to help raise the necessary funds for this project. So far, $925,000 in gifts and pledges have been received through the generosity of parishioners and friends of the Cathedral Parish and Diocese. This page outlines the project which includes a number of gift naming opportunities still available.
In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Diocese of Scranton, the Cathedral of Saint Peter is undergoing a restoration project with enhancements to both the exterior and interior of the Cathedral. Refurbishing work has been completed on the exterior to include cleaning of the masonry, needed repairs, a beautiful gold leaf restoration of the center cross and repainting of all the crosses on the two Cathedral domes.
Several enhancements are also being planned for the interior of the Cathedral to include new lighting and a new sound system along with newly designed furnishings in the Sanctuary. The new furnishings are designed to convey a decorative, reverent liturgical space and visually restore the original architectural style of the sanctuary that was created when Saint Peter's was consecrated as the Cathedral for the diocese in 1884.
In support of this restoration, the Diocese of Scranton and the Cathedral of Saint Peter are conducting a fundraising campaign. This campaign features the naming opportunities outlined below for your consideration.
Generous commitments have been made to gift the Altar, Tabernacle, Ambo, and a new Crucifix.
Saint Joseph's Altar reflecting the original architectural style of the sanctuary.
Gifts from the parishioners of the Cathedral of Saint Peter will collectively fund the naming opportunity for the Baptismal Font.
The Baptismal Font is comprised of a double bowl with circulating water. The bowl of the font is crafted from Carrara white marble with Giallo Siena marble legs.
The new font will be installed in the nave of the church just beyond the vestibule. Just as one enters the Christian faith through Baptism, so, too, do we enter the church by renewing our entrance into the Church. By dipping our hand into the holy water, we renew our baptismal covenant. We participate in the life of the one who calls us to a life of discipleship, whereby we carry forth the mission of Christ by renewing the face of the earth. It is in these baptismal waters that one journeys to the Eucharistic table, where we renew our baptismal covenant each Sunday. We also pass these waters on our way out of the worship space as we take leave of one another in order to live the mission of Christ as faithful disciples.
Donors who contribute $10,000 or more will be recognized on a donor plaque in the Cathedral.
Please consider making a donation today to fund the Baptismal Font.
Individual Naming Opportunities
If you are interested in discussing the following individual naming opportunities, please contact Jim Bebla, Diocesan Secretary for Development by phone at 570-207-2250, ext. 1070 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
with Deacon's Chair
Wooden and fabric chair for the Priest Celebrant and Deacon.
New Lighting System
New lighting throughout the Cathedral to enhance the worship space and properly accent the historical artwork.
Wooden and glass cabinet to display the holy oils blessed during the Mass of Chrism.
New Sound System
Creation of a new sound system designed to enhance the worship experience for parishioners and visitors.
Main Center Cross