On October 26, 2004 the doors were locked against the parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini in Scituate, part of the widespread church closings by the Boston Archdiocese. But one door was left unsecured, and the church community let itself back in. That day they began a 24-hour occupation, taking turns sleeping in the church. A “vigil” that is entering its tenth year.
And as the appeal process looks likely to come to an end soon, the fate of the vigilers is uncertain.
Katherine Perry has look behind the doors of St. Frances at some of the people who have been keeping the faith after the sun goes down: