New church centre “a dream come true”
The official opening of a new civic-religious centre in La Orotava has been described as “a dream come true”.
The idea of the much-needed facility in La Florida was first suggested 20 years ago and the first stone was laid in 1997.
In the years since, many difficulties have been overcome and residents even formed themselves into a Pro-New Church lobby to fund-raise over two decades.
Guests who attended the consecration by the Bishop included president of the Canary Government, Paulino Rivero.
The complex, which includes a multi-purpose room, rectory, plaza and now the church, cost 800,000 euros, of which 50% was contributed by residents and through anonymous donations. The diocese gave 30% and the rest came from the municipality of La Orotava. The council also collaborated in the acquisition of the land and and its transfer and the urbanisation of the plot, including installing drainage, retaining walls, access, construction of the social club and plaza plus extensive landscaping, allocating in total one million euros.
A large audience gathered for the consecration which saw the Mayor, Isaac Valencia hand the keys to the Bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Álvarez who praised the exemplary support shown and the finished product. His words were echoed by Sr. Rivero who said it was a shining example of how working together could accomplish great things.
A church service was then held at which the choir of the Liceo de Tarao performed.
The religious centre covers an area of 1,200 square metres and had a capacity for 800 worshippers. The exterior has eight towers although 12 were originally envisaged and it also has a large stone altar.