As construction was winding down at the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church building in Limerick, Jack Schmidt sneaked in to get a glimpse of his past.
The retired Peco worker had grown up in West Kensington as a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, which closed in 2006 and which was demolished last year.
But inside Blessed Teresa was a 37-foot-high reminder of the years Schmidt, 71, served as an altar boy, attended Boy Scout meetings, and went to school in the Philadelphia parish. St. Boniface’s towering white marble altar had found a new home at the Montgomery County Church.
“It was a good feeling just knowing that St. Boniface was not completely gone,” said Schmidt, of Clifton Heights, Delaware County.