LANSFORD, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Parishioners who are fighting to keep Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Lansford re-opened have more than just prayer on their side.
Eyewitness News Reporter Dave Caulfield reports on the fight the faithful are taking all the way to the Vatican.
Five months ago, the faithful at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Lansford heard the news many have heard too many times…Their church was closing.
Roseann Orach has worked and worshipped in the church for 28 years before financial hardships within the diocese forced the place she called home to shut down.
“8 years later, we’re already being merged, and now we’re 11 parishes in one little church. This has been family for many people. “
Parishioners say that when they pass by Saint Katharine Drexel and see the scaffolding, it tears them apart.
But today–outside of the church the faithful had mass in–a service with a purpose.
Not ready to see the 125 year old staple of the area paved into a parking lot–community leaders took action.
And reached out to Canon Attorney Sister Kate Kuenstler .
“Some folks here asked me if I could help them and I said, lets talk about it.”
After viewing the facts–Sister Kate says that Bishop for the Archdiocese of Allentown John Barres made the wrong decision closing Saint Katharine Drexel
“We have sent a letter to the Bishop to rescind his decree, he has refused.”
So Sister Kate and the faithful of Lansford have petitioned the Vatican hoping that they’ll prevent another Catholic Church from closing and open these doors once again.
If the Vatican denies the request from Saint Katharine Drexel to remain open– church leaders can appeal.
Sister Kate says there’s reason for optimism with this case.