As you may have already heard, our beloved Santa Maria Church in Pettoranello is in dire need of repairs. In 2003 there was a successful campaign thanks to you to repair the campanile in the church. This time the need for repairs is crucial. The walls, foundation and roof all need to be restored. The damage is so severe that the church has been closed for almost a year for safety reasons. Let's not allow this beautiful church to remain closed, or worse yet, be torn down. We must remember our roots and those before us who worked so hard to preserve this historic and cultural landmark.
Work, supervised by the Vatican, is scheduled to begin this summer. The estimated cost for the repairs is 189,918 Euros:
50% (approximately 95,000 Euros) will be paid by the C.E.I (the Vatican)
25% (approximately 47,000 Euros) will be paid by the Diocese of Isernia
25% (approximately) 47,000 Euros) is the responsibility of Pettoranello
Our friends and families in Pettoranello cannot do it alone, they need our help. Please find it in your heart to donate for the desperately needed restoration of our church to preserve it for future generations.
A special bank account has been set up and the Princeton/Pettoranello Sister City Foundation will serve as a vehicle to collect and deposit the contributions. Once we know that the work has begun, the monies will be sent to the proper authorities. You tax deductible donation would be greatly appreciated by July 15, 2017.
Thank you for your support,
Princeton/Pettoranello Sister City Foundation
Princeton Italian-American Sportsmen's Club
The Cupola of the "Assunzione di Maria Vergine" church, located in the heart of Pettoranello del Molise, is severely damaged. The church is closed because of the danger of collapse.
After a thorough inspection and assessment, it was determined that the main beam shifted and deformed and it is leaning on the Cupola. As a result of the assessment, it was also proven that the seismic and atmospheric activity of the territory may worsen the existing damages even possibly causing the Cupola to collapse. Therefore it was decided to close the building for public safety.