Major work will turn church into ‘minor basilica’

Sts Peter and Paul

A decades-long project to restore Goulburn’s Saints Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral is embarking on its next phase. Source: Catholic Voice.

It’s part of a quest to transform the 1871 structure into one of just six Catholic "minor basilicas" in Australia. The status, conferred by the Roman Congregation, would be a significant development and recognise the Old Cathedral’s architectural and religious importance, Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese Vicar General, Fr Tony Percy, said.

“The diocese wants to make it into a basilica where people can come on pilgrimage,” he told The Goulburn Post.

“It is good for us, Goulburn and the country especially given that it’s Australia’s only greenstone cathedral. The Archbishop is happy to support the project with funding.”

Last year, the Archdiocese allocated $5 million for the restoration’s next stage. It added to some $6 million already spent on conservation work, including a copper-plated spire, building stabilisation, external sandstone repairs, addressing rising damp, undercroft excavation and stained-glass window rejuvenation.

Now the next phase is beginning, focusing on structural, interior restoration and external grounds’ improvement.

Fr Percy said the restoration started more than 30 years ago.

“We need to get the Cathedral to where it should be (in terms of its condition),” he said. “There is a program of works and now we have the money to act on it.”

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Goulburn’s Sts Peter and Paul’s Cathedral restoration ramps up (By Louise Thrower, Catholic Voice

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