Friday, April 3, 2015

Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral Has A Cemetery

The Crystal Cathedral is a church building in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, in the United States. The reflective glass building, designed by American architect Philip Johnson, was completed in 1981 and seats 2,736 people. The largest glass building in the world, it has one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial organ.

Until 2013, the building had been the principal place of worship for Crystal Cathedral Ministries, a congregation of the Reformed Church in America founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller. Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 and in February 2012 sold the building and its adjacent campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for use as the diocese's new cathedral. The building, especially the interior sanctuary, is currently being renovated to accommodate the Roman Catholic liturgy and is due to re-open in 2016, at which time it is expected to be consecrated and formally renamed Christ Cathedral and become the seat of the Diocese of Orange.

In early 2012, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange acquired The Crystal Cathedral, a 34-acre campus designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. As part of the acquisition agreement, the Diocese also acquired ownership of the Memorial Gardens cemetery, now Cathedral Memorial Gardens. Built in 1991, Cathedral Memorial Gardens is the fourth and newest addition to the Orange Diocese Catholic Cemeteries and is pleased to continue to welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.

-- Cathedral Memorial Gardens Website

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