Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, The Cathedral of Christ the Light is located in Oakland, United States. The region’s 500,000 Catholics now have a central cathedral, something they have been without since the loss of the historic St. Francis de Sales Cathedral to the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Cathedral is part of a larger complex woven together by gardens and a public plaza, which provide a tranquil and welcome physical place for a diverse mix of constituents to congregate.
The Cathedral creates a positive community by supplying public services to those in need, including a free health clinic that affords diagnostic health care for persons without insurance. In the first year, the clinic served over 1,500 people who would have gone without care. The Cathedral’s legal justice clinic provides free legal consultation, and a host of lawyers offer pro bono counsel for those grappling with issues such as immigration and domestic violence.