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More should've been salvaged from church

January 6, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

It was so sad to see the pictures of the demolition of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Taunton. It was my family's spiritual home in Taunton. The pictures were recently published in the Minneota Mascot.

I now live 1,500 miles away in San Francisco, Calif., but my heart is still in Taunton, and the memories of growing up in this wonderful town are dear to my heart. I was saddened to see the demolition photos of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Taunton being reduced to rubble. I cried genuine tears; it was like losing a family member.

My parents, Joe and Josie Differding, were a vital part of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius community. My dad was a mail carrier in Taunton, Mom sang in the church choir and was involved in various aspects of the church. My sisters were baptized there, Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries in that worship space.

Now it is rubble! The heart of Taunton has been destroyed, and is being buried in a field. My parents are turning over in their graves as a result of what has happened.


I understand the financial aspects of closing a church, but I cannot comprehend the idea that everything about that beautiful building is being buried in a field.

The beautiful brickwork could have been salvaged and given to members of the former parish....there is a market for used brick...who wouldn't have enjoyed having some of the salvaged brick to face a fireplace in their home as a memento of their beloved parish church? What about salvaging the brick, and selling it and giving the money to the poor and needy in the community? Somebody missed an opportunity. You all should be ashamed!

To me it is sinful that nothing from the building, with the exception of the stained glass windows, was salvaged for another use in the community.

We as citizens of the world have limited resources, and need to use them wisely. It saddens me to see that the community didn't see the need to recycle/save some of the bricks and stone that our ancestors struggled to build with their limited incomes. As custodians of the world we live in, we need to be conscious of the resources that our Creator has given us

David Differding

San Francisco



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