Another Church Comes Crumbling Down

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LANSFORD -- Since 1911, St. Ann's  Catholic Church was a place of worship, and a place where many made memories in Lansford.

When it closed in 2008, the Diocese of Allentown put it up for sale with no luck.

At some point, as the church began to deteriorate, a former parishioner noticed a shadow of what appears to be St. Ann in a window. For a while, it was a sign of hope that maybe the church could be saved.

Now that faith is gone, as demolition of the church began Tuesday.

"It's not a good memory to watch it come down. It's been heart-wrenching for the whole family," said Tom Dahl of Lansford.

Dahl was among the dozen people who stopped by the church to watch crews demolish it. His family's best memories were made at the church. He was married at St. Ann's and so was his son.

On Wednesday, he brought his grandson to at least get a glimpse of the church before it's completely gone.

"We wanted to go in and look a last time. But it was a little too late. Its already, the whole back of the church is gone. The altar is out," said Dahl.

"I hear my dad talking to people saying how it's kind of sad, because a lot of people around here went here. It is kind of sad to see it go," said Anthony Soberick, Dahl's Grandson.

Tracey Clark came from Coaldale to take back a piece of the church to her family.

"My boyfriend had a daughter and she would be like 19 or 20 today, but she died when she was 8 months, and she was baptized in this church. So that's why he wanted a brick, and I got one for his mom," said Clark.

What was even more disturbing for some who came to watch the church be torn down on Wednesday is knowing that even more churches are set to have a similar fate.  Demolition crews said they can't keep up number of churches scheduled to be demolished.

"They are tearing churches down left and right. It's a shame. We need more God in this country," said Jesse Marshall of Summit Hill.

It will take crews about a month to demolish St. Ann's, and then they will move on to the next church demolition.  Next in line is St. Katherine's in Lansford and another closed Catholic church in Coaldale.


  • l8trg8tr

    Tough decision but the right one. Let’s tear down the old buildings before they deteriorate. You just can’t save them all…sometimes its part of the circle of life – out with the old and in with the new.

  • Bill

    this will be a common when the “peaceful religion” takes over….wake up or vote for Hillary or 3rd party (same as a vote for Hillary) and see what happens. Where are all the moderate muslims after an attack speaking out against the radicals ? Crickets………………………………. 70% of US muslims want sharia law to rule the US….wake up !

  • Valfreyja

    If your god talks to you through shadows in windows, he’s not much of a god. Your children have noticed this.

    • Valfreyja

      I’ve always found this argument to be intriguing. What exactly makes you think you can petition an all powerful, all knowing being; one who’s principal character traits include something along the lines of “always acts with righteousness”? If this being is in fact all knowing and all righteous, then he’s going to do what he’s going to do regardless of one prayer, or all the prayers of all humanity in chorus.

      If there be a god, and he is the one you pray to, that church was going to stand or fall regardless of anything the ants who worship there do.

      • Gerald Filtz

        Church temples (the building) are established or disestablished on the basis of need, the need for a building to house the Church (the people of God) at worship. While is it not wrong to pray to the Lord to find a way to keep a community going, it is better to pray to the Lord to lead all men to Christ. He alone knows our needs and provides for them.

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