The landmark Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove has a new name: Christ Cathedral.
At an ordination ceremony for four priests Saturday morning at St. Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove, Bishop Tod D. Brown made the announcement.
“We hold Rev. [Robert Schuller] and his ministry in the highest esteem. It is important that any change of name for the cathedral itself be respectful of its spiritual legacy while accommodating our needs to clearly define this important facility as a Catholic center of worship,” he said.
The Cathedral, opened in 1980, was sold in 2011 to the Catholic Diocese of Orange t
o help pay off $40 million in debt owned by the Crystal Cathedral congregation. The group will remain at the location at Chapman Avenue and Lewis Street until June 2013, when it will move to the current site of St. Callistus Catholic Church, located at Lewis and Garden Grove Boulevard in Garden Grove, a short distance away.
Christ Cathedral will serve as the central spiritual and operations location for Catholics in Orange County. In addition to the world-famous sanctuary, the grounds of the facility also include several office buildings, the original Tower of Hope and a cemetery.
The Crystal Cathedral congregation was founded as Garden Grove Community Church by Rev. Robert Schuller in the Fifties, and was renamed after its most famous building in 1980. The church, with its popular “Hour of Power” television program, prospered until a few years ago.
An aging congregation, the effects of the Great Recession and infighting among members of the Schuller family have been blamed for its decline and the eventual sale of the property.