Apr 18, 2011 12:07 AM by Chris Welty

Church Rebuilding Groundbreaking

It's been one year since flames destroyed Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lafayette, and Sunday, the congregation embarked on a new beginning.

With the turn of soil, parishioners are gearing up for the rebuilding of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. This marking one year since the church went up in flames.

"The smoke was so think I couldn't see the first pew, and the fire had gotten up into the ceiling. It was very loud," says Father Hampton Davis.

Since that day, the congregation has been forced to hold mass elsewhere in places like the Truman Elementary Gym. Father Hampton Davis says despite this trying time, the congregation is sticking together and working towards their future. "We have been trying to put together all the resources necessary to reclaim our worship space."

So far, parishioners have raised $400,000 to help rebuild their church, but that is still about 1.6 million dollars shy of their goal.

"When father asked me to take on the project I immediately asked how much we would need and he said 2 million, and at that time I said "how much do we have?" He said "0" so I said I would have to think about it."

Paul Carter didn't have to think long, he's now the Fundraising Committee Chairman, following in his father's footsteps. Forty years ago, his dad helped fundraise to build the original Our Lady Queen of Peace.

"My father passed away two years ago, so I was honored when father asked me to take this on," says Carter.

An honor that hundreds of parishioners hope to share with the completion of the church."

"It's the faith of the people of god that has inspired me, and it's that faith that will see us through," says Father Davis.



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