In 2005, an arsonist set the Cathedral afire and the blaze spread from the choir loft throughout the church. The church was torn down because of the extensive damages. Until funds for the new Cathedral are secured and construction begins, the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison utilizes larger parish sites for various diocesan events. A new Cathedral will be specifically designed to accommodate the large congregations at diocesan celebrations.
Pending the completion of this project, the Cathedral Parish uses the churches and other facilities at the Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick sites. These were the first three Catholic parishes in Madison and hold a long history within the Diocese.
The purpose of this fund is to provide financing for the construction, improvements, and maintenance of the new Cathedral for the Diocese of Madison.
Gifts should be made to Pope Saint John Paul II Cathedral Fund
c/o The Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation, Inc.
702 S. High Point Road, Suite 223
Madison, WI 53719