An update from last week’s entry about the old church building of Our Lady of the Snows at Namur.
Bill Chaudoir of Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation, which had hoped to raise $20,000 in pledges by Aug. 17 to make an offer to save the church from demolition, reported on Aug. 18 that the money had indeed been raised. In fact, almost twice that amount had been raised.
While this is still a long way from the ultimate goal of $100,000 needed to repair the 100 year+ building, which immediately needs a new roof. Still, it is a major step, and plans to make the offer for the church building, with the intent to make it into a Belgian cultural center can now proceed.
The parish at Brussels, which currently owns the red brick church, has to approve the plans and the Green Bay Diocese as well, before the building could be sold to the Heritage Foundation.
A Labor Day event, complete with a Belgian Kermis, is planned.