CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
DEARLY BELOVED CLERGY AND FAITHFUL…GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!
We write with a deep sense of urgency requesting you to pray for Fr. Anthony Perkins, his family and all the parishioners of Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Woonsocket, RI. At approximately 1:00 a.m. this day, the parish feast day, the beautiful parish church caught fire and burned through and throughout the entire roof and the altar area. Fr. Antony texted us as he watched the fire burn. The rectory is undamaged, but that the fire in church was still raging. Finally a few hours later the firemen were able to extinguish the fire and Father watched as the firemen carried the tabernacle out of the Church. We stated to him then that one miracle often opens out eyes to many more!
In the attached photograph hole in the roof are visible, but the extent of damage will not be known until daylight reveals all. We embrace Fr. Anthony and his flock in the Love of our Lord and remind them all that even though this tragedy has struck them and perhaps numbed them, there is still much to be thankful for during these Thanksgiving holy days and that God, knowing the strength of their faith and their family, will help them rebuild in all aspects of their lives.
Additional coverage about the fire damage can be seen on 12 WPRI channel.
More video and photo coverage from MPRI:
Crews Fighting Fire - Woonsocket Church
Church Community Devasted After Fire
HOLY ARCHANGEL MICHAEL PARISH AID FUND
More information will be posted as it becomes available over the next several days.
+ Antony, Metropolitan