Hurricane-Damaged Texas Church Reopens For First Time Since Ike

GALVESTON (April 21, 2014) Hundreds of worshippers attended Easter services at a restored Roman Catholic Church in Galveston that had been closed since Hurricane Ike struck in 2008.

Services were held Sunday at the St. Mary Cathedral-Basilica, which sustained significant damage in the storm.

The first Mass at the newly renovated church was celebrated by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

The Rev. E.J. Stein says everyone has a real sense of gratitude to those who helped restore the church, which was built in 1847.

More than $4 million was spent on renovations, which included a new roof and reinforcement of the structure.

Stein said the church will resume weekday Masses in May.

The church in 1968 was added to to the National Register of Historic Places.

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