Ringing the bells of St. Martin’s

The regal Catholic Church in Piqua was dedicated in 1922 and named for Martin of Tours, a pacifist in the Roman Army who later gained renown as a bishop.



April 5, 2021 - 9:39 AM

St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Piqua stretches into the blue Kansas sky. Photo by Trevor Hoag

The bells of St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Piqua had just ceased ringing when I crossed the threshold and sat down in a pew to write.

The bells rang at sporadic intervals, not indicative of the actual time, their weight subtly shaking the building with each pass.

That’s how this whole absurd adventure began, you see, with those enormous turquoise bells dangling nearly 125 feet above the earth.

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