Bishop anticipates end of Cathedral Renovation Project by 2018

first_img Share Share Bishop of Roseau his Lordship Gabriel Malzaire.Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Gabriel Malzaire anticipates that renovation works on the Roseau Cathedral will be completed by June 2018.Speaking at a press conference aimed at updating the public on ongoing works at the cathedral on Thursday July 14,2016 Bishop Malzaire said the project is moving into stage five which is the covering and construction of the roof. “It is important to note that what was initially intended to be the replacement of the roof turned out to be a much bigger project,” he said. “Midway through the planning process it was advisable to do what we call a seismic test of the foundation. We realized that the foundation was not as wholesome as was needed to support a heavy roof,” the Bishop indicated.He added that the foundation had to be retrofitted, followed by the placement of a steel frame and now the next stage is placing of the roof.“We have been waiting for the material for the roof for practically a year. We are awaiting the material from America and at a certain point we had to re-measure since it is a very complex roof. We had to do precise measurement which was responsible for the delay that we have at the moment.”Bishop Malzaire informed that the material is expected to arrive in Dominica within a months’ time and work will continue. “What the engineers are saying to me is that the placement of the roof will take at least three months. We hope that we can place the roof during this time”.Additionally, the Bishop informed that following the roof placement, the next step will be construction of a new flooring, then the additions of windows and doors, the choir loft and the bell tower.“It is quite a bit of work that needs to be done in the finishing stages and according to my mind I wouldn’t want the project to go beyond mid-2018,” he stated.Bishop Malzaire said it has been a long journey so far and he would have loved to have the Cathedral completed by 2017, however said this would have been a tall order.“Mid-2018 I am hoping that we will have a full fledge Cathedral and I am looking forward to reopen, recommission it and consecrate it and everybody will be able to come,” Bishop Malzaire said.The Roseau Cathedral, which is 159 years old, represents historical, cultural and religious significance for the people of Dominica. 269 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Bishop anticipates end of Cathedral Renovation Project by 2018 by: Dominica Vibes News – July 14, 2016 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

William E. (Bill) Holzer, 88

first_imgHis children announce the passing of William E. (Bill) Holzer, born in the St. Magdalene community near New Marion on January 24, 1930 the son of Clem and Josephine Kieffer Holzer. He passed away June 23rd in Yuma, Arizona after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer.Bill is preceded in death by wives Lois (Kelley) Holzer and Betty (Stickelman) Holzer. He’s survived by his children: Terry Guernsey & Karen Lally, Jerry & Carolyn Guernsey, William Anthony (Tony) & Candy Holzer, Robert & Peggy Holzer, Donna Holzer Durbin & Steve Durbin, David & Donna Holzer and Steve Holzer, as well as Betty’s daughters Patricia Morrow and Johnetta Huesman. His surviving siblings are sister Mary (Holzer) Roll and brother William Anthony (Tony) Holzer. Additionally, he is survived by a total of 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.Bill served proudly in the Korean War. He was a civilian gunner for the United States Army at Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana, before transferring to Yuma Proving Ground at Yuma, Arizona in December 1972. He worked there until his retirement in 1990. Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He attended both St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and later, St. John Neumann Parish in the Foothills.According to his wishes, on Saturday, June 30 there will be a viewing at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles beginning at 9am followed by Rosary services at 10:20am. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11am at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood. Bill will be cremated and his remains buried beside his wife, Lois. Friends are welcome to join his family in a graveside service at Saint Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Madison on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10am. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Versailles American Legion. In lieu of flowers, his children ask that donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the St. Magdalene Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more