Plymouth’s Providence Academy Reacts to Notre Dame Fire
The world watched as the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame burned on Monday. The landmark building is 850-years-old.
Many people were heartbroken after seeing the Cathedral go up in flames. Leaders at Providence Academy in Plymouth, a Catholic school, said they were crushed watching events unfold on television.
“When I first heard the news I was just filled with emotion, filled with grief, “said Father Michael McClellan. “I myself have had great experiences going to Notre Dame in Paris, praying there, attending the sacred liturgy there. It’s a treasure for the world. A cathedral really does belong to the people, and we have experienced a great loss here.”
On Monday, students and faculty were assembled in the chapel for mass when they found out about the fire. Staff at Providence Academy say while the building is damaged, the spirit of the cathedral remains. They took time to reflect on memories.
“Anyone who goes into the Cathedral of Notre Dame has been overwhelmed by the grandeur the beauty, the quiet, the art, the windows, and that’s people of any faith or no faith, just realizing there’s just something about at least, the human spirit and probably the divine that comes together in that space,” said Headmaster Todd Flanders.
Both leaders say the church building is a symbol of God’s love and that can’t be destroyed by fire.
Officials in Paris say they will rebuild.