After being closed by the Archdiocese of Dubuque in 2012 a small town church is getting a new life thanks to some dedicated church goers.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is Dougherty is now under direction of a non-profit corporation which was formed by residents with the intention of saving the church from being demolished.
“We’re really excited, we’re a little scared. This is all new to all of us, it’s all new to the Archdiocese. We’re just trying to find our way now we decided right off the bat we’re going to just take our time,” says Chairman of St. Pat’s Corporation, Dennis Campbell.
The organization hopes the building can still be used by the people who grew up in the church.
“The main thing that this is to keep the community together. When they closed the church everybody went, we’re kind of caught in a 4 county area here so everybody went to their church they picked out.”>
Because the church is no longer overseen by the Archdiocese of Dubuque, they can’t hold catholic masses in the building, but can still have weddings and funerals.
The organization is still trying to figure out exactly what to do with the building, but the group says they will be offering occasional prayer services the first one will be Sunday March 30th at 8am.