Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Institutional Restoration/Community Involvement/Stewardship Award, 791 Potters Avenue, West End
It is hard not to be astounded when you walk into Assumption Church on Potters Avenue. Beautiful murals cover the walls, gleaming in the light that pours through the amazing stained glass windows. When awed by this overwhelming beauty, it is hard to believe that only a few years ago, the interior was in ruins. Water damage had destroyed much of the painting in the sanctuary and nave and persistent leaks presented a threat to the structure and lighting. Rev. Trainor and Rev. Suarez inspired their parishioners to give what they could—and they did, even though the parish is one of the poorest in Providence. The painting was executed by Robert Bove and his crew at Warwick Painting, and the interior lighting was completely rewired, cleaned, and re-lamped by Tom Henderson of Henderson Electric. The hard work of every parishioner lives in the surfaces of the incredible building. Inspired by their love for this amazing place, they gave what they had so that others would be inspired as well. And we are—not only by the beauty of the church building, but by the generosity and kindness of its community.