Church relies on faith to move mountains after tornado

A tornado took their church, but they will not let mother nature take their faith.

St. Luke's Catholic Church in Salyersville held a service on their foundation under a tent this morning.

"The center of our faith doesn't require a sacred building. It requires God's people to gather around," said Bishop Ronald W. Gainer.

And that is what the people of St. Luke's Catholic Church did outside with destruction surrounding them.

"It was a week ago, last Friday, that the tornado, the monster came through and destroyed what you see before you," said Father Bob Damron.

Even without a church to worship in, signs of hope remain like a statue of an angel that escaped the tornado untouched.

They say their church is gone, but the foundation of their faith is still there where they plan to rebuild.

"They are buildings. What makes the church truly sacred is where God's people gather, so it's the people of faith, the community of faith that truly is holy," said Bishop Gainer.

Together they can move on with only what is left under their feet and God's word in their hands.

"It was almost like losing a family member. You could look at a picture of what you had and then look at what you got left, and your heart just drops to the bottom of your stomach," said Philip Whitley, a church member.

They are relying on faith to move mountains in Eastern Kentucky.

St. Luke's Catholic Church will continue having Sunday services on the old foundation until the new church is built.


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