He thanked God, those who came to mass, volunteers, church staff and the Chicago Fire Department.
"I am not exaggerating with this next statement: The Chicago Fire Department saved Holy Name Cathedral. Holy Name Cathedral was coming down at 5:30 on Wednesday morning. They saved it. They don't always do that for big buildings. They did. And so we thank the Chicago Fire Department from the bottom of our hearts for saving our church," said Mayall.
Fr. Mayall said there was no word on what started the fire. He also said it was unclear how long it would be until services could resume in the cathedral.