The Church of the Visitation in Westphalia, Texas caught fire Monday morning, destroying the 125-year-old church.
The church currently has 500 registered parishioners and 185 families.
Neighbors managed to save most of the Eucharist and the tabernacle, but the remainder of the historic church completely burned within 30 minutes.
The Diocese of Austin was informed this morning of a fire at the Church of the Visitation in Westphalia. Full details of the fire are unknown at this time, but it appears the church will be a total loss.
“I am saddened for the people of Westphalia who have suffered this tremendous loss,” said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez.
“I am grateful for all the firefighters and departments that responded to the fire. Please join me in keeping the people of this historic parish in your prayers today as they try to piece together this tragedy.”
Bishop Vásquez will visit the parish this morning. The parish was founded in 1883 and currently serves 244 families. The church is led by Rev. Edwin Kagoo. www.austindiocese.org
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