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Old Holy Rosary church in Springfield restored in time for centennial

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Bob Self
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Florida Times-Union
The front of the former Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 2039 N. Laura St.

A timeworn 99-year-old Catholic church in Springfield is being renovated by members of a traditionalist Catholic group whose congregation has outgrown its small church a few miles away.

Saving the old Holy Rosary Catholic Church is a victory for preservationists concerned about the disappearance of historically significant buildings across Jacksonville.

And — once all the work is done —it will be a win, says Bill Gulliford, for the congregation of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, which holds traditional Latin Mass in the style before the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

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Bob Self
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Florida Times-Union
Bill Gulliford stands in a shaft of light coming from the window above the altar inside the former Holy Rosary Catholic Church.