Born in 1952, my husband grew up and was an alter boy in St. Ann's Church (84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket); he also attended St. Ann's Catholic School through 9th grade. This beautiful, historical cathedral is near and dear to our hearts. In 2008, we visited our family in Woonsocket, and to our dismay, the St. Ann's Cathedral was blocked off due to bricks falling from the exterior church walls high above.
Preserving the frescoes (watercolor murals which took over 8 years to hand paint by Italian hunchback Guido Nincheri [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido_Nincheri]) has been paramount to a handful of volunteers; however, to date, the funds are far too few. It will be a shame to lose this part of history!!!
The Woonsocket Call (local newspaper) had an article that told how funds were not available to restore the beautiful, historical church! I thought that was a shame! I would recommend visiting St. Ann's if its doors are opened again!!!
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