Indianapolis church demolished after 109 years

Crews demolished Holy Angels Church Wednesday.

Indianapolis

It was an emotional morning for many long-time members of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Indianapolis. The building has served as a staple of the north side community near 28th and Martin Luther King Boulevard since 1903.

In October, the Health Department found the building unsafe. Since then parishioners have been attending mass at nearby Marian University.

Wednesday morning demolition crews took apart the old white wooden building. Many members stood by with tears in their eyes, including Judy Johnson, who’s been going to Holy Angels for 35 years.

"The baptism of my children and following that is the baptism of my 2 grandchildren so it holds a lot, a lot of memories," Johnson said.

The church also has deep historical roots in the community as the first predominately African American Catholic church in the area. Even without a physical building, Johnson said the body of the church will stay strong, relying on one another.

“Through Our faith! We are firm believers that God walks with us and Jesus maintains us,” Johnson said.

The Holy Angels Catholic School shares a parking lot with the now demolished church. The school will continue operating and the Father Kenneth Taylor of Holy Angels said they do plan to rebuild the church, but there is no timeline for the project.

Church members said they will try to salvage the copper steeple from the building to use in a new church along with the bronze statue of an angel that’s stood outside the church for years.
 

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