Eighth Burlington Bishop Angell honored with park dedication

BURLINGTONThe eighth bishop of Burlington was honored on April 3 with the dedication of a new park in the Old North End that bears his name. Bishop Angell Park stands between North Avenue and Allen Street, providing a picturesque frame for St. Joseph Co-Cathedral beyond and honoring Bishop Emeritus Kenneth A. Angell. During the solemn blessing of the park that followed the annual Christmas Mass at the co-cathedral, Bishop Angell expressed his sincere thanks for the honor given him. Several years ago Bishop Angell initiated the designation of St. Joseph Church as a co-cathedral; on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as a bishop in 1999 that became a reality. At the Easter Vigil in 2001 he presided for the first time in the new co-cathedral. As the founding bishop of this co-cathedral, it is fitting that we should honor him for the dignity that he has bestowed on this church,said Edmundite Father Stephen W. Hornat, rector of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. Were very grateful he allowed it to be named after him. During the April 3 ceremony Bishop Angell unveiled a commemorative plaque, and ninth Burlington Bishop Salvatore R. Matano blessed the park. To prepare the site for the new park, the parish convent was razed and the property graded. The property, spanning the width of the co-cathedral from North Street to Allen Street, has been fenced. Sod was laid, trees and lilac bushes planted, a new sidewalk installed and a brick patio added. The park features a statue of St. Joseph, a brass sculpture of children reading on a park bench, eight park benches, new post lighting and the brass plaque on the side of St. Joseph School honoring Bishop Angell. The park has an irrigation system and a new playground. More landscaping will be done, and the parking lot will be relined and new lighting will be added. Father Hornat said the park will be a wonderful center of activity for the parish and for hosting diocesan events. It also will provide St. Joseph School children and visitors a good play area. The childrenwho had played on asphalt (before the new park) are enthusiastic and excited, the rector said. They enjoy running around on the grass and the new play area is exciting. The school is next to the park. The park affords a view of the co-cathedral from North Street, a view that gives the church visibility and prominence in the Old North End, Father Hornat said. A church once hidden from view is now displayed in all its splendor. He said that as the Catholic community uses the park, it will become a center of activity and a facility Catholics can be proud of. The construction of the parkwhich took two years to build--coincided with the renovation of North Street. As North Street develops into a major commercial district for Burlington, St. Josephs will have a prominent place in this citys landscape and play a prominent role in the revitalization of this neighborhood, Father Hornat said. Funding for the $320,000 Angell Park project came from individual donations and contributions from the Diocese of Burlington, the Society of St. Edmund and parishioners of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. The Angell Foundation also contributed to the project. Tom Wood of Time-Line Architecture designed the park, and Al Marcelino of A. Marcelino and Sons was the general contractor. This article appeared in the latest issue of the Vermont Catholic Tribune and is reprinted here with permission.

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