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My name is David Stone. I live in Houston, Texas. I am a 30-something single white male. I am an Orthodox Christian and am a member of an English-language parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).

Sunday, September 11, 2005

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Waits to Rebuild

This week the Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on PBS featured a story on the parish of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York City. This parish had their church building destroyed on the morning of September 11, 2001 during the attacks on the World Trade Center.

As can be seen in the photo above St. Nicholas was located almost directly across the street from the World Trade Center buildings. The Church had been in that location since 1922 and had a long history in the city. The Church was completely destroyed when the towers collapsed.

The parish, however, is determined to rebuild the Church. They have been given assurances by the authorities overseeing the WTC site that the Church will indeed be rebuilt as part of the planned Freedom Tower site and Memorial.

The problem for the parish is that they cannot rebuild their parish until all the design and feasibility questions are resolved for the rest of the site. This has been a trying time for the parish but they are patiently enduring and continuing to plan for the rebuilding.


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