asked followers on our Facebook page to tell us of their thoughts after the famous church in Paris endured a devastating fire April 15. From the nearly two dozen comments, we share the following — join the conversation with others on our Facebook page. And see continuing coverage of this story in our World News section, along with a photo gallery.

Many of the Facebook posters included a photo of their visit to the cathedral, with memories such as that of Drew Hashimura, who said, “I was there a couple of times recently and my heart breaks for the Church. Such a special place.”

Cindy Eimann Coleman said she visited several times. “The last time I was there it was hosting a special exhibit on St. Therese and I offered a prayer intention that was answered. I find this devastating.”


Deacon Steve Guckin was “extremely saddened by this terribly destructive fire. I was there in 1978 with one of my best friends, Tom Healy, and his Holy Family College French class. We visited this beautiful place and attended Mass. I’ll never forget it and I pray they’re able to restore the Cathedral and save as many holy treasures and relics as possible.”

George Gregory echoed that sentiment, with a current connection: “One of my best friends attended Mass there yesterday! He knew how much I would have loved experiencing the Passion according to Saint Luke sung in French!”

Patti Jo Welsh visited five years ago with her daughters and said, “We will always treasure the memories of the beauty and holiness of Notre-Dame.”

While Dan Luner has yet to visit the church, “it has always been on my bucket list as a Catholic, history lover, and photographer.”

David Joseph said he was “Blessed to have visited and attend Mass in May 2018. A true sacred space, and an example of the greatness of Christendom.”