Here is a success story.
In the little town of Fennimore, WI, Fr. Miguel Galvez of the Society of Jesus the Priest, implemented a restoration of the St. Mary Church.
There is an article about this church and the consecration of the altar in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Herald. This is how it begins…
That was the simple word of exclamation uttered by a young girl as she entered St. Mary Church in Fennimore on a recent Sunday morning.
While the words used by others in the church may have been more sophisticated that day, the feelings were more than likely similar to those of the young girl’s.
Upon entering the church that Sunday morning, parishioners and visitors got a chance to see the completed work of a restoration project to bring the church back to its original design from more than a century ago.
The reaction of the girl speaks volumes.
She reacted to the church’s interior as one will when you don’t have baggage from the halcyon days of post-Conciliar chaos and iconoclasm. This is the reaction of a soul that is open to what a church ought to communicate: a sense of the transcendent, through beauty, rational design, theological and liturgical coherence.
It can be done, brick by brick.