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Winterville man’s efforts result in new steeple for Eagle Lake church

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — Rosaire Daigle said he was “like a dog without a bone” when it came to his efforts to acquire a steeple for his place of worship. 

Daigle, 75, of Winterville attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. 

St. Mary’s, a St. John Vianney Parish member church, has never had a steeple, but at one time did have a cross atop the building, Daigle said. 

That cross was lost years ago to rot from leaking rainwater. 

As a former Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 8729 out of Eagle Lake, Daigle helped raise $9,000 for the steeple, which was built in Alabama and transported to Maine. 

He also recruited volunteers to load the steeple onto the apex of the church, 

“It’s a figure pointing up to God,” Daigle said. “It invites everybody into the house of prayer.” 

About 125 people attend the Sunday mass at St. Mary’s, many of whom expressed their appreciation for the new steeple. The Rev. Jean-Paul Labrie blessed the steeple after Mass on Sunday, Sept. 12.

“Everybody loves it,” Daigle said. “Everybody said it’s a beautiful church now that it has a steeple on.”

There are three glass crosses adorning the steeple.

“We’re going to install a light inside there so at night people can see the crosses to make it more beautiful,” Daigle said. 

Daigle said he is thankful for all those who supported the steeple project, and also to those who have expressed appreciation for it. 

“After it was up, everybody was very nice; there was not a negative response from anybody,” he said.

Daigle is humble about his efforts to help bring the steeple to St. Mary’s.

“I didn’t do it for my glory; I did it for God’s glory,” he said. 

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