Built in the 19th century, St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Ridgway, was destroyed by the February 29,2012 tornado that tore through southern Illinois. A new church is being planned, and will have a new name: St. Kateri , after the North American woman who was just canonized as a saint last October.
The church will hold a Leap Day Tornado Anniversary Observance this Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the church at 205 W. South St., Ridgway.
There will be a short memorial outside, then the observance will move inside the gymnasium/parish center for the Stations of the Cross (traditional service on Lenten Fridays), a meal, and then a presentation detailing where plans stand now and a vision for the future.
Parish priest, Fr. Steven L. Beatty, who narrowly escaped from rectory attached to the church during the EF-4 twister, will preside.