CHICAGO (CBS) — After having gone more than two days without heat, and seeing temperatures in their church drop below freezing, a group of French nuns ministering to residents in the Austin neighborhood was flooded with offers of help to raise $200,000 for a new heating system.
The first of two old boilers that heat Fraternite Notre Dame at 502 N. Central Av. died two weeks ago. The other one broke down on Ash Wednesday, according to Sister Marie Valerie, one of the French nuns who have spent more than two days shivering inside their West Side church.
There was some good news to report Friday. Volunteers have helped work on the failing boilers while financial pledges are made for a long-term fix. Meanwhile, an industrial-sized portable heater was set up in the church to warm the building, CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help,” Sister Marie told donors, in an interview with Edwards.