The oldest Catholic Church in Miami, Gesù Church, is currently being renovated, according to the Miami Herald. The downtown church’s bell tower, facade and interiors are all being renovated. The renovation will also add an insignia with the emblem of the Society of Jesus, the religious order that leads the parish.
“We have always wanted to revive our presence in the heart of downtown because the area itself has been developed and the Catholic Church was not going to fall behind,” Father Eddy Alvarez, superior and pastor of the Gesù Catholic Church, said. “We need to modernize and attract new Catholics who have moved to the area.”
Due to its proximity to the sea, salt residue and humidity had damaged the church’s frame, built in 1896, with cracks and other forms of deterioration. [Miami Herald]