Two Catholic schools rise from the ashes of a historic fire
St. Rose Catholic School and Cardinal Newman High School share the ongoing recovery from the devastating Tubbs fire in 2017
SANTA ROSA, Calif., September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In the early morning of October 9, 2017the Tubbs Wildfire exploded across the landscape of Santa Rosa, California. Fueled by high winds and dry conditions, it was the most destructive wildfire in California history at that time. Cardinal Newman High School and Saint Rose Catholic School were in its path and burnt to ashes.
What happened next was biblical. Like the stories in scripture where all is lost, the faithful came together to make sure all was restored. The community of Sainte-Rose got together, wrapped his arms around his children and started to rebuild. Learning continued at both schools, although dispersed to locations around the county. This is followed by portable classrooms, then new or rebuilt classrooms.
On the fifth anniversary of the fire, Cardinal Newman High School and St. Rose Catholic School are holding a “gratitude rally.” The gathering will include a Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the Cardinal Newman gymnasium, reflections, a dedication to a statue of Saint Angèle Mérici, a barbecue lunch and open days for both schools. Families from both schools and area first responders will be invited to attend.
“Loss brings love to the surface. Sainte-Rose was injured; we were in mourning and we felt lost. Where would we start? Yet love appeared and moved us all in the same direction. Love one another, love one another from afar, love one another with prayer,” explained Cardinal Newman, President, Dr. Linda Norman. “We want to thank our community for this outpouring of love. Our service will mark a solemn event and recognize the grace and gifts that followed.”
“At the fifth anniversary, we continue to recover and remain grateful to the community that supported us after the loss,” said Sainte Rose Principal Kathleen Aymar. “As devastating as the fire was, it revealed the importance and strength of community. It showed what can be done together, cooperatively and out of love for each other and our children. Our gathering honors that part of the tragedy, where it turned in the direction of triumph.”
Dr Norman and Ms Aymar kept a folder more than four inches thick of letters, donations, prayers and maps from around the world that arrived after the fire.
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SOURCE Cardinal Newman High School