Oh Father, Where Art Thou? Part 2

This is the second part of this series on St. Agnes Church.  If you missed the first you can read it here.I had been walking around the church for a while now, still not feeling 100% but marvelling in this beauty that was before me. I was wondering, how could such a rich piece of history go to waste like this? litterally as we were standing there, little crumblings from the ceiling were falling down on top of us. Dust was building on the camera lens from debris and all the dirt being kicked up off the floor from all of us walking around. The basement which was completely empty except a few chairs, looked like it had been flooded at some point, probably from pipes freezing in the winter, which had spawned a whole culture of mold and other interesting plants.

I managed to make my way up to the balcony which looked like it once held the choir and the organ. This is where I really started to fear for safety, as much of the balcony had been stripped away. There were nails poking out in every direction. Some of the floor boards had been pryed away and you could see the floor below. As I ventured out on the balcony, there were three of us standing and just looking straight out into where the congregation would have once been. The view was absolutley spectacular from that point of view (picture at very top of this post). The morning light was shinning in from all the windows and it was just gorgeous in there. When we got back home to the GTA, I was doing some research and came across one Urban Exploration website that listed over 20 abandon churches in Detroit. I don’t know how many churches there are within Detroit, but 20 seemed like a lot to be empty! So, is this a wide spread issue across the US, or even Canada? I’m not really sure, but they certainly make for great subject matter.
I haven’t really been religious for a number of years, but recently my family has started to get back into the faith. My sister and father are both active members in their congregation, and I fully support that. I have been with them a few times to their service, and seeing the sense of community their church has, is probably why it hit me the hardest to see that building in such disaray. I always picture a church congregation fighting and doing what it takes to keep that community together and doing whatever it takes to help another person out. Seeing that missing here was truly a sad scene. In one way I am happy and fortunate I could document this building before it’s gone, but hopefully in the future there will not be so many empty churches with this kind of beauty left to sit.