Cathedral Capital Project Underway

Cathedral Capital Project Underway

New Father Donnelly Parish Hall will host events, parish administration and serve area poor

Kansas City, MO – After more than four years of planning and campaigning, a major renovation of the corner of 11th and Broadway is now underway at the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Demolition has begun and will continue through early May to remove a garage, rectory and former school building. With the demolition of the garage, the Cathedral’s iconic signage will eventually move to the East façade of the day chapel, facing Broadway Blvd.

“Through the generosity of more than 180 donors, the parish’s Building Glory campaign expects the site to be cleared and construction of the new facility to begin this summer,” says Father Paul Turner, pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The new Father Donnelly Parish Hall will be a 18,900-sq.-ft. two-story structure located on the corner of 11th and Broadway. Connected to the historic Cathedral by a glass walkway, the new parish hall will include parish administration, conference and choir rooms and a 350-seat venue for parish and community events such as wedding receptions, concerts and lectures. This new venue is named after Father Bernard Donnelly, pastor of the Cathedral and city leader from 1845 to 1880.

The new building will also house the offices, emergency and social services provided by the nonprofit Morning Glory Ministries (MGM). MGM serves hundreds of poor and homeless men and women each month, improving their safety, security and wellbeing.

The weekday meal service provided by MGM is relocating to renovated space at The Catholic Center at 20 W. 9th Street. The new location will provide greater dignity and comfort for the 200 guests served while retaining the trusted and welcoming spirit of the MGM staff and volunteers.

“This gospel driven mission of the Cathedral parish to the neediest in downtown Kansas City will continue in a renovated kitchen and dining area in the diocese’s ministerial home and my personal residence,” said Bishop James Johnston. “This charitable service to the homeless and hungry is a core part of the Cathedral’s historic community service, and I thank all those who have rallied to ensure its continuation for generations to come.”

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Director of Communications

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph


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