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Hope Rises From the Ashes for the Parish of Paradise

Clockwise from top left: The aftermath of the 2018 fire is seen in Paradise, California; Father Martin Ramat, the priest supervisor of St. Thomas More, is shown in the sanctuary, which survived the blaze; parish life today includes the blessing of pets ahead of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi; Jim Collins (c), grand knight of the parish Knights of Columbus council, stands with fellow members David Lemire (l) and Greg Kidder, the parish steward, in front of the gutted rectory.

St. Thomas More parish survived the Camp Fire inferno. Three years later, its parishioners are making the parish better than ever as their town rebuilds.

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