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New shrine to Mary is blessed on site of tornado-damaged church in Naplate

St. Mary’s Shrine is an open-air stone structure filled with items from the former St. Mary Church in Naplate, near Ottawa. (Provided photo/Terry Cavanaugh)

NAPLATE — A shrine in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary was blessed May 12 on land that until a tornado hit in early 2017 was the site of a Catholic church under her patronage. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, presided at the dedication of St. Mary’s Shrine, an open-air stone structure at 2005 Center […]

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Shrine to Mary planned for site of Naplate church lost to tornado in 2017

An architect's drawing of the shrine to be built this summer at the site of the former St. Mary Church in Naplate.

NAPLATE — A shrine in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be built this summer on land that until a tornado hit in early 2017 was the site of a Catholic church under her patronage. The open-air shrine will include many items salvaged from St. Mary Church after it was structurally damaged by a […]

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St. Mary Church in Naplate damaged by EF-3 tornado that hit Ottawa region

An uprooted tree and damaged roof shingles are seen at St. Mary Church in Naplate after an EF-3 tornado struck the village as well as Ottawa on Tuesday evening. (Provided photo/Father Tony Fevlo, SMA)

OTTAWA — Deadly and destructive tornadoes that moved through regions of the Diocese of Peoria on the eve of Ash Wednesday have led to extra prayer and charity in the first days of Lent. St. Mary Church in the village of Naplate, just southwest of Ottawa, sustained structural damage from an EF-3 tornado that struck […]

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