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The church is called Refugio de Esperanza (Refuge of Hope), and Mariano’s wife, Clara, is its pastor and it is so much more than a magnificent stone building church to Mariano Rivera; it is a calling he has devoted years of his life and millions of his dollars to.

“It wasn’t me. It was the Lord. I was just the vehicle,” Rivera said.

The original Refugio de Esperanza started in the Rivera home in Westchester, but soon became so popular that they knew they had to find bigger quarters. More than three years ago, a close friend showed Rivera an abandoned stone church that was built in 1907 but was in such disrepair it was close to being condemned and demolished. Rivera walked in, eyed the collapsing roof, stood in the debris and waste, and told himself:

“This is it.”

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source: Elev8.com

Superstar Baseball Player Builds Church For Wife In Major City was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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