SAVING THE SOUL OF THE CITY
The Archbishop’s Appeal was the crucial component in completing the restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 2012-2015. The Appeal raised over $62M TTD ensuring that the restoration of the Cathedral continued nonstop and providing necessary funds for other church projects. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is an historical site of major significance to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Constructed over 160 years ago, this symbolic landmark has seen the passage of time and having been built on the water table was in need of dire repair. Local craftsmen, artists and consultancy teams of Trinidadians came together to ensure that this important edifice was restored to its former grandeur. Local craftsmen were trained on the importance and use of restorative techniques, ensuring that valuable transfer of knowledge is passed on to future tradesmen. The pews, chandeliers and decorative moldings in the Cathedral are all crafted by local artists. Restoration of crucial statues was done by a Trinidadian restorative artist.