Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Divine Intervention for St. Brigid's Church

Sunday night, February 10, a mighty wind blew around New York City. Beleagured St. Brigid's Church on the Lower East Side, which has been the subject of many protests, fundraisers, and hearings in State Supreme Court, held up despite the wind.

Ironically, the scaffolding erected by the Archdiocese of New York as a preventive service to the community was blown to smithereens, according to Edwin Torres, the head of the Committee to Save St. Brigid's. Torres commented on the irony of the modern structure, which was erected in the summer of 2006, being blown apart in a windstorm, while the church itself, which has stood for 161 years, the latter two of them exposed to the elements because the Archdiocese tried to destroy the church before being stopped by a restraining order. Windows were broden, the wall was broken -- "Yet still she stands," said Torres.

Ah, the power of prayer.

Patricia Jameson-Sammartano
Culture Editor, WGT

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