KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sacred Heart Cathedral, home of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, launched a $25 million campaign for a new cathedral Sunday.
The Diocese of Knoxville was created in 1988, encompassing 51 parishes from Chattanooga to the Tri-Cities. Sacred Heart was designated the Cathedral. However, no changes were made to the building.
“Under current constraints, the church is unable to hold even the children who attend Sacred Heart Cathedral School,” says Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral. "We are literally bursting at the seams and have weekly challenges with logistics and space, but we are a church that is committed to the city, and because of that, we want to remain in our current location and upgrade the space to suit the growing needs of Catholics and others in our region."
Some of the new building's features will include: increased worship space from 7,500 to 20,000 square feet; increased seating capacity from just over 500 to approximately 1,000; new parking and traffic circulation plan; improved acoustics; and a state-of-the-art HVAC system.
The groundbreaking is schedule to take place in April 2015 with construction beginning in June 2015. Construction is expected to last approximately two years.