A church grows in Dutchess County

Cardinal Egan got to do something yesterday that bishops don’t get to do all that often: consecrate a new church building.

He was up in LaGrangeville in Dutchess County to bless the brand, spanking new Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church.

The parish was started nine years ago as a mission church, serving about 320 people spilling over from Hopewell Junction.

But Catholic growth in the area has been so great that the new church can seat 1,000 people — and that’s how many people were there yesterday.

The new church’s namesake is Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian woman who lived upstate in the 1600s and became a Christian despite opposition within her tribe. A reclic — or piece of her remains — was placed in the church’s altar yesterday.

Karl Rabe of the Poughkeepsie Journal got lots of great pictures, including these: