Hope rises from ashes at New Our Lady of Angels School in Morton

Archbishop Nelson Pérez blesses the new Our Lady of Angels School in Morton on Oct. 7. Image via the Our Lady of Angels Facebook page.

The rebuilt Our Lady of Angels school in Morton is “what hope looks like,” according to Archbishop Nelson Perez, writes Gina Christian for catholicphilly.com.

The regional Catholic school was created in 2012, serving students from OLPH and Our Lady of Fatima. Six years later, it was destroyed by fire.

On Oct. 7, the archbishop blessed the new state-of-the-art school..

An electrical problem in the attic triggered the fire, leveling ceilings and melting some bricks. More than 20 fire companies responded.

The building was empty and no one was injured.

An older section was gutted. The newer section, protected by a firewall, had heavy smoke and water damage.

A statue of the Blessed Mother, and a portrait of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, remained unscathed.

Students attended class in a wing of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield while the school was rebuilt.  The school community stayed together despite the fire.

“In the end, our Christian life revolves around hope,” the archbishop said. “Even when things do appear to have burned to the ground – in this case, literally – our Christian faith comes in and says, ‘The story is not done.’”

Read more about the new Our Lady of Angels School in catholicphilly.com.

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