“Calvary is His cathedral; the rock of Calvary is the altar stone; the sun turning to red is the sanctuary lamp; Mary and John are the living side altars; the Host is His Body; the wine is His Blood. He is upright as Priest, yet He is prostrate as Victim. His Mass is about to begin.” – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

PRELIMINARY CONCEPTUAL PLANS – SEEKING DONORS

What is the Altar of Calvary?
It’s an extraordinary sacred place where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is literally offered at the foot of His cross

Graced by the crowning act of Christian worship, Stephen Cascio’s imagination intimately unifies God’s love for man in its purist form; an altar chiseled into the raw earthy stone representing Calvary; a place where our Blessed Savior offers Himself to His heavenly Father and our salvation; the same place where the beauty of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered, right at the foot of His cross. The Altar of Calvary becomes the most perfect prayer and setting of what the Catholic Mass represents and personifies.

Altar of Calvary plans are designed in 4 different sizes (Scroll to bottom to view)

ALTAR • SHRINE • CHAPEL • CATHEDRAL

Beautiful for any community, the Altar of Calvary is the centerpiece of a divine outdoor setting

Unlike anything ever seen or experienced, the majesty of the Altar of Calvary’s hand-polished marble visually transitions back into jagged stone and Christ’s blood-shed ground. A glistening golden-jeweled tabernacle of the Holy Eucharist lies within feet of His Crucifixion while multitude of angels surround and celebrate His glory.
(Below represents a conceptual photo illustration)

Cathedral Gardens of the Son of God is a proposed Roman Catholic architectural semi-enclosed church that immerses you in humble grander, taking you back to the 12th-century. As you walk the grounds, you contemplate and become enchanted with the hints of a ruin with open sky ceilings, towering columns and reaching arches. From grand to intimate spaces, Cathedral Gardens of The Son of God integrates the beauty of Catholicism with four scriptural gardens, sacred art, prayer, meditation and the venerable Altar of Calvary accompanied by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

 

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Join this Effort in Building a Glorious Architectural Wonder for the Son of God

$4,575 Raised of $135,000 Goal for Phase II. Deo Gratias!

PHASE II UNDERWAY

As phase one comes to a close, we are grateful for all those who have been influential and supportive. We kindly thank you.

It’s inspiring seeing the Altar of Calvary come to life. To continue its further development, we are seeking our next important funding stage of $135,000 to support the elements of phase two; detail drawings, renderings, fabrication research and scouting of property.

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May God bless you for your generosity, and for your gift in time, may He reward you for eternity!

All major donors ($5,000+) are welcomed and encouraged to be involved in all parts of the projects phases to inaugural completion.

SEEKING PARTNERS

We are building a vibrant team—seeking qualified classical architects, engineers and landscape architects who may be interested in becoming part of this unique and exciting project. Other positions and roles include consultants who are knowledgeable in liturgy, theology, sacred art and design. These roles may also lead to Advisory Board positions. Contact Stephen S. Cascio for further information.

Altar of Calvary Project

Project Prayer

O Blessed Sweet Savior Jesus, we Beseech and Adore Thee. In Honor of Your Father; Thy Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Your Mother Mary, we humbly ask that You Shine Thy loving Spirit and light on this project to give us clarity, inspiration and direction; to open up Hearts that will Love and Glorify You more Deeply; and to ultimately strengthen and gain Souls to be with You in Your Beautiful Garden of Paradise, Heaven.
Amen.

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Altar of Calvary plans are designed in 4 different sizes (Scroll to bottom to view)

ALTAR • SHRINE • CHAPEL • CATHEDRAL

The Cathedral Plan

Side elevation
3 freestanding open structures designed into one sacred experience

God’s Garden in the Nave

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FEATURES IN THE NAVE
Mysteries of the Rosary in stained glass
Stations of the Cross reliefs
Lush botanical gardens
Saint shrines
Sacred Art
Tributes to great Catholic artist in history
 
GARDEN OF EDEN NAVE EVENTS
Introductory to the Catholic faith tours
Upper Gallery Sacred Art exhibitions
Classical & Sacred Art music concerts
Garden sculpture exhibitions
Daily Rosary in the garden
Catholic guest speakers
Traditional Catholic formation classes
Retreats
Receptions

Pray Among the Olives and His Agony

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Just right of the Altar of Calvary is the Garden of Gethsemame Chapel.

Jesus prayed and anguish on the Mount of Olives was so deep that his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Returning to the disciples after prayer, he found them asleep. Jesus asked Peter: “So, could you men not keep watch with me for an hour?”

Holy Hour will be observed in this setting with the Blessed Sacrament.

Alleluia, Jesus Christ is Risen Today

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Left of the Altar of Calvary is the the Garden Tomb of Jesus Chapel. The setting replicates and represents Christian worship and witness located in the heart of historic Jerusalem, just outside the Old City walls. Within this peaceful and contemplative garden is an ancient Jewish tomb, representing a replica of which many believe is the site of Jesus of Nazareth’s burial and resurrection.

Heavenly

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Directly above Our Lord hanging on the cross, centered to the dome is Heaven in all its golden glory. Painted angels and Saints hover above you as they circle the sky, giving honor and glory to God, His Son and the Blessed Mother. This is truly a magnificent view representing the Garden of Paradise.

 

For the ones who love to explore, get a little closer to Heaven with a walk up to the cupola of the dome and take-in breathtaking views of the country side for miles.

Altar Built Right Into The Stone Of Calvary

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The church and sanctuary portion of the Cathedral is covered overhead. The surrounding side structures have large openings—allowing natural light and the outdoors to find its way into the covered church settings.

CHURCH
Open daily for prayer
Weekly Latin Mass schedules
Confessions
Baptisms
Weddings
Funerals
Retreats
Eucharistic adoration
Benediction
Choir and Prayer loft
Crypt beneath altar
Seating Approx. 780

Welcome to The Beauty of Catholicism

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The Narthex at Cathedral Gardens of the Son of God welcomes you with the sound of church bells and open arms of architectural beauty, preparing for what the soul is about to experience.

NARTHEX FEATURES
Twin bell towers
Stained glass rose window
Information desk
Gift shop & Cafe
Bell tower offices

Looking For a Good Home

Be Thou Our Vision

Cathedral Gardens of The Son of God along with the smaller plans below have the extraordinary opportunity to reside deeply in the hearts of many. With the right blend of support and talents, it has the chance to change lives, evangelize, convert, open and strengthen souls while enriching a faithful Catholic community.  If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested in adopting the Altar of Calvary into their spiritual master plan and community, please spread the word and send them a link to this page. Thank you.

Altar of Calvary is beautifully sized to accomodate budgets

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Altar Garden Plan

Open space

Shrine Garden Plan

Semi-enclosed

Chapel Garden Plan

Semi-enclosed

Cathedral Garden Plan

Semi-enclosed

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GREATER CHICAGO AREA

Liturgical Design & Sacred Art

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