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In the early morning hours of November 1, 2001, Lunenburg firefighters responded to what would be their 23rd, and final call on one of the most hectic Halloween nights in the town’s history.

Unlike the other calls that evening, which were to extinguish mostly small, deliberately set spot fires, this one was different.

St. John’s Anglican Church, a hallowed hall of worship in the town for nearly 250 years and one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, was on fire.

By the next afternoon, despite the heroic efforts of the Lunenburg fire department and 13 others who responded to the blaze, the church lay in ruins.

Just over a month later, after the initial shock of the tragedy
had subsided, the congregation
of St. John’s church voted overwhelmingly in favour of restoring their revered house of worship.

In the days that followed, their dedicated efforts to rebuild the church as well as the unwavering support of not only a community, but of an entire country, were nothing short of phenomenal.

At a service of hope and prayer held in the church hall on the evening following the fire, Rev. Irving Letto, then rector at St. John’s told the congregation that, like the Phoenix, St. John’s would rise again from the ashes.

On June 12 at 3 p.m., those prophetic words will finally become reality as Bishop Fred Hiltz presides over the rededication of the restored church, and the resurrection of St. John’s will be complete.
More St. John's Church Resurrection stories:
The healing process begins
Bishop Hiltz addresses congregation at All Saints’ Day service.
Rebuilding a national treasure
Restoration ‘a credit to the craftsmanship in this county’.
Finding the funds
Committee raises millions to finance restoration.
The right man for the job
Project manager’s wealth of experience a blessing
Community comes together in aftermath of fire
While the lives of literally thousands of people were changed forever by the events that unfolded in Lunenburg on the morning of November 1, 2001.
Painting history
Recreating artwork uncovers St. John’s secret.
Who’s down there?
Seventeen souls rest beneath historic church.
Familiar chimes of St. John’s to ring once more
Chimer Peter Allen was getting ready to go to work on the morning of November 1, 2001, but his job...
Picking up the pieces
Stained glass restoration placed in Sattlers’ capable hands.
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