St. Kateri Catholic Church Nearing Completion / by Ethan Anthony

A new church designed by Cram and Ferguson Architects to replace St. Joseph's Church in Ridgway, Illinois destroyed by a tornado February 29, 2013 is nearing completion. The stone church which will seat more than 400 is expected to be finished for Christmas 2015.

Weather has presented many difficulties throughout the construction period with a wet spring in early 2014 and a cold and snowy winter that brought temperatures too low for masonry work. Last week the Rigalli company was on site to reinstall the altar which was salvaged from the destroyed church virtually unharmed.