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Cathedral of Christ the Light History and Art

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Cathedral of Christ the Light History and Art

The Cathedral of Christ the Light emerged as the legacy of our former parish home, St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, which was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  The new cathedral takes its place as a landmark edifice and home parish of the Diocese of Oakland.  Its beauty and function are central to the purpose of creating community and providing a place of worship for Catholics throughout the East Bay.

Our Diocese of Oakland

The Diocese of Oakland is rich in cultural diversity. Recent immigrants make up more than 25 percent of our parishioners. 

Hallmark Events

A timeline of events spanning several centuries depicts pivotal landmarks in the growth of the Catholic Church in the East Bay.

Naming of the Cathedral

The future Cathedral was named in 2000 at the turn of the millennium, even before a commitment was made to build it.

A Theology of the Cathedral

Many factors came together to build a Cathedral for the ages. 

See it Rise

Watch the creation of the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

History of the Cathedral - Legacy of St. Francis de Sales

The Cathedral of Christ the Light is now intertwined in the legacy of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.