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Provoans seek support to save church building

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Provo residents trying to save the historic St. Francis of Assisi Church hope more Utah Valley residents of other faiths will join the fight.

The church, at 200 North and 500 West, is in danger of the wrecking ball unless funds can be raised to buy it.

The building housed members of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for nearly seven decades. The congregation moved into a new building in north Orem two years ago. The building has since been used as a community and arts center under the name The Franciscan.

Shirley and Monroe Paxman have organized a unique fund-raiser to help preserve The Franciscan.

On Sunday, July 29, at 7 p.m., Alan Tull, canon theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, will speak in the Community Congregational Church, 200 N. University Ave,, Provo. His topic will be "Paradoxes of the Bible."

"Can four religions work together to help?" asks Shirley Paxman. The event will feature an Episcopal minister speaking in a Congregational Church to what is expected to be a largely LDS audience with the intent of saving a Catholic building, Paxman noted.

The goal is to raise $1.5 million in the next year.