St. Landry

May 17, 2012 7:11 PM by Maddie Garrett

Rebuilding Washington Historic Church Destroyed in Fire

More than a year ago, a historic church in Washington went up in flames. Now progress is being made to rebuild what was lost.

"It's been an experience because I've never built a church from the ground up like this," said Father Albert Nunez.

Nunez said they still have a long way to go, restoring Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to its original form will cost $2 million and it's taking over a year. He said it will be hard to replace the beloved 150 year old church.

"It'll have a lot of the looks and the feel of the old church, but it'll also be a new church, it'll be different," he explained.

But seeing the new steeples for the first time brought him back in time.

"It's finally looking like a church and of course when all three steeples are there, but looking at that one steeple there it just seems like it's always been there because it looks so much like the old church did," said Nunez.

As the 1.5 ton and 2.5 ton steeples are raised up into the air, so are the spirits of the church's congregation.

"Putting the steeples on the church is kind of like putting icing on the cake," said Field Superintendent Nathan Hickman.

But Nunez said building or not, his church is thriving.

"The church in Washington is surviving, it's still here because it's people," said Nunez.

And as for the reopening, he makes no promises, but said they could be saying Christmas Mass there in December.



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