Lafayette, LA (KADN) — To members of Our Lady Queen of Peace, the capping of the church belltower means the world. Tragedy struck this congregation on April 16, 2010 when the balcony caught on fire, burning the church so badly that only the walls and roof remained. Now, the church is in the last phases of rebuilding.
Father Hampton Davis said, "We've had our masses in different churches for funerals, weddings, and other ceremonies. It's just been very difficult to find places to worship."
Father Davis says at the start of this process the congregation felt hurt and discouraged, but as it went on, they have seen this as an opportunity to grow stronger, saying "Such a life-giving community! We're so grateful to all who have supported our efforts to lift up our hearts and rebuild our home for the past three years."
Trustee Peter Broussard, a member of Our Lady for over 35 years, was at church when the fire started. He says the congregation found the three years of rebuilding difficult, but they have been gracious in enduring hardships such as a lack of air conditioning: "The folks here have been good; they have been brave; they have survived three summers in the gym at Truman. We thank the school board for letting us do that, but it's going to be nothing compared to coming home."
The congregation hopes to raise an additional $250,000 before this Christmas to help reduce their debt. If you would like to make a donation call the office at (337) 233-1591 or mail a donation to their office at P.O. Box 90740, Lafayette, LA 70509.