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2006 - 2010

 Noteworthy Events in the History of the Diocese
2006-2010 
Adapted from Where the Star Came to Rest by Gaspar F. Ancona;
The Catholic Church in the Grand River Valley, 1833 – 1950 by the Rev. John W. McGee; and other sources.
 
 
​Summer, 2008 The offices of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are moved, from several locations in the City of Grand Rapids, to a newly renovated building on the northeast corner of Division Avenue and Wealthy Street. A parking ramp is also built and Sheldon Blvd. between Goodrich and Wealthy Streets is converted to a plaza. The area bordered by Division Avenue, La Grave Avenue, Maple Street and Wealthy Street is named Cathedral Square. Later, the former St. Joseph Seminary grounds and buildings, where a number of offices of the diocese had been, are sold.
2009 The front entrance of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew was redone and the current Piazza Secchia was laid. The piazza is patterned after the Michelangelo-designed piazza on the Capitoline Hill in Rome.
2010 The decision is made to take down St. Andrew's Elementary School.  In its place the Diocese of Grand Rapids created a new Green space dedicated to the early Catholic Pioneer Bishop Frederic I. Baraga who first came to the Rapids in the Grand River in 1833, when he was Father Baraga. The view of the Cathedral is now opened between Jefferson Avenue and Sheldon Boulevard.
 
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