Church Built in 1919 - Turned around by a Hurricane - in New Port Richey FL
This charming building in the heart of downtown New Port Richey FL has quite a history. It is the original parish for Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.When the building was dedicated in March, 1919, it was located in a different area, and faced south.
In 1921, a strong hurricane hit the area directly and the church was heavily damaged, lifted up and brought back down to face west. Father Felix Unger, who was praying at the time, was unharmed (proving, once again, prayer does work). He let the church stay facing west because he said, "If that's the way God wants it, we'll just have to leave it that way."
A new church home replaced this one in a different location in 1966 and this building was moved by the City of New Port Richey to it's present location in 2001. Renovation was finished in 2005.
A Slice of New Port Richey history by Toni Weidman
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