U.S. Congregation celebrates groundbreaking ceremony three years after arson

JEFF TURNER

The congregation of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes, Jew Jersey, held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for a sanctuary to replace one destroyed by arson in 2019. Rebuilding has been delayed while the church worked out details with its insurance company.

Congregation members have worshipped in a nearby Christian School since the fire.

Construction is expected to be complete by March 2023.

Fire officials in 2019 reported there were no injuries from the fire. A suspect arrested in the case was later found not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered to confinement at a state mental health facility.

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