TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson officially opened its new conference and educational center on Sunday with a ribbon cutting and Mass.
The 55,000 square foot, four-story building has conference rooms and is the new home for Pastoral Center offices.
“It’s something really great as to how we’re progressing in life,” said Leilani Gomez, a volunteer at St. Augustine Cathedral
It’s a project that began back in 2007, but construction took about a year and a half. The inside of the cathedral was redone around the same time. Downtown Tucson looked much different in 2007 than it does today. Construction around the Cathedral is dotted everywhere—new hotels and apartments going in near-by.
“It seems as though everywhere I turn, I see wonderful building and construction, and I see vibrancy in life,” said Edward Weisenburger, Bishop of Tucson.
In order for the new facility to be built, an older one had to be torn down.
“It was sad to see our old building that was over 100 years old being knocked down, but that’s part of progression and part of moving forward,” said Gomez.
The conference and educational center cost more than $20 million to build, most funding coming from private donors. This is the last of five buildings to be restored or constructed for the Diocese of Tucson.