Saint-Bernardin de-Sienne Church is located at 7979 8e Avenue in Montreal, Quebec. It was built around 1955 as part of a post-Second World War movement to expand the Catholic Church’s reach into Montreal communities.
Due to declining congregation it closed in 2013.
It was struck by arson on January 27, 2019 requiring 150 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. The number of firefighters was high so that they could rotate due to the frigid winter temperature. That fire destroyed the presbytery roof.
The church was hit again on February 14, 2019.
Despite the destruction, the diocese is hopeful that the building can one day be returned to it’s glory.