Posted at: 08/01/2013 7:03 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For nearly 200 years, St. Anthony's Church has stood in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Questa. Time has taken its toll on the old church. The Archdiocese wasn't going to fix it up, but the people of Questa stepped in.
Adobe brick by adobe brick, they're rebuilding St. Anthony's Church. A sort of community self-help project. Two years into the restoration, things are actually ahead of schedule.
Joseph Garcia of San Patricia says it's all about coming together. "It's what brings a community together, working together for a special cause like this. It's really neat you know, to see the people come together and help each other out."
Eugene Garcia has lived in Questa for all of his 71 years. He can't think of a better way to spend his free time, doing the Lord's work.
"Labor of love and everything we do here is very much appreciated. We have a peace of mind when we do volunteer work. But it's even better when it's for a local church."
The volunteers think they're halfway into the project now. They've started to see people traveling great distances to be a part of St. Anthony's rebuild. People want to be a part of this church's history. Joseph Garcia came all the way from San Patricia down south.
"Visitors who come here end up being like family to them. And everybody welcomes you."
Parish priest Father Andrew Ifele is from Nigeria. And though he is a world away from his home, he says this demonstration of will, determination and loyalty is universal. He says that St. Anthony's Parish and the Village of Questa are showing the world a great example.
"It is a big lesson: Of unity, love, kindness and with one mind. That spirit of harmony and community life should always be alive in us."
If you want to know more about St. Anthony's Church in Questa, or you'd like to help, visit saveourchurch.net.