Holy Name Cathedral closed after wood falls from ceiling
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:33:46 PM
12:23 PM CST, February 13, 2008
A fist-size piece of the wooden ceiling inside Holy Name Cathedral reportedly plummeted 70 feet and damaged a pew on Tuesday, prompting staff to close the cathedral until Saturday.
Rev. Daniel Mayall, pastor and rector of Holy Name, assured callers in a recorded message that the cathedral at State and Superior Streets would maintain its regular schedule of masses and other events. The events will be held in the cathedral's basement while workers construct a protective canopy above the pews and assess the damage, he said.
"Throughout Lent the ceiling will be carefully inspected for structural weaknesses," Mayall said. "Let's pray the problem with the beautiful ceiling is not more expensive. Thanks be to God that no one was injured."
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Church officials did not immediately return other calls.
The 19th Century vaulted ceiling of Holy Name was restored in 1968. It features the coat of arms of Cardinal John Cody, Chicago's Roman Catholic archbishop during the renovation, surrounded by smaller seals of the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the United States and the Papal See.
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