Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Faith intact after Wyandanch church fire

"Smoke had blackened every pew in his church, flames had devoured all the food he'd gathered for charity, and hose water had drowned his kitchen. But the 65-year-old Wyandanch priest remained undaunted yesterday.

"We're going to rebuild here," said a red-eyed Rev. Bill Brisotti as he surveyed damage to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Roman Catholic Church. "Out of bad things, good things come."

The apparently accidental fire injured no one but caused as much as $1 million in damage to the church and its related buildings on Straight Path late Sunday. It also destroyed an outreach center that church officials said provides around 1,000 homeless and low-income residents with food, clothing and fuel each month. The congregation will worship in the parish hall, which was undamaged."

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