Archbishop announces $32.9 Million is now required to complete St Mary's Cathedral

The appeal for the Conservation and Completion of St Mary's Cathedral was officially launched by Arcbishop Hickey on the 15th of March 2007, at a special event attended by over 700 guests at John XX111 College.

At that time, construction and restoration costs were budgeted at $25 million, and so we embarked on the challenge of raising these funds.

From across the community, Catholic and general, people warmly embraced the significant project, and Monsignor Keating was delighted to report on the 1st of October 2008, we had collectively raised $25 million from all sources... a truly remarkable achievement!

We had achieved our goal in just two years of the three-year appeal.

However, due to the impacts of the boom during the same timeframe, the Archbishop was advised in November 2008 that there had been significant increases in supply and construction costs.

The cost to complete St Mary's Cathedral was now $32.9 million.

With donations and pledges totalling $25.4 million in hand, a revised challenge was placed before Monsignor Keating and Members of his Appeal Committee – to help raise an additional $7.5 million in 2009 – the third and final year of the appeal.

When releasing a public statement in February 2009, his Grace said: