Posted: Oct 24, 2012 5:54 PM by Jenise Fernandez
A milestone for parishioners of a Our Lady Queen of Peace in Lafayette, after a fire did major damage to the church two-and-a-half years ago. In April, 2010, the church caught fire. The interior was completely scorched, and suffered extensive water damage. Parishioners were forced to hold services elsewhere, but now there's hope that they may return to their home very soon.
After a prayer service and blessing Wednesday afternoon, parishioners watched a steeple over 40 feet tall placed on top of Our Lady Queen of Peace. It's a sign of progress for the church and its congregation, but parishioners like Peter Broussard can't help but remember that dark day in April 2010.
"Words can't tell you what it feels like to see your home burn. It wasn't until after when we realized how much damage was done in a short period of time," he said.
While the congregation rebuilt, services were moved to the TrumanElementary gym. The gym doesn't have air conditioning and Father Hampton Davis says while parishioners went elsewhere, many stayed.
"We have the most faithful parishioners. They've been amazing," he said.
Father Davis says since the church was built in 1975, parishioners have always wanted a steeple with a cross. Now that dream is a reality, with the steeple and cross representing a new beginning.
"We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds it. So to put the cross up today , it let's us know that God has been so faithful," said Davis.
While repairs continue at the church, it could still be a few months before the church is re-opened. But today, parishioners also had a chance to tour the inside. Father Davis is hoping the church will be ready by Christmas, but he says they still need to raise $250,000 to complete renovations.