What does a diocese do with a church after it decides to close?

For one Dubuque church, the answer is turn it into an extravagant event center.

After declining membership and heavy debt, the old St. Mary’s Church closed in 2010. And instead of giving it the wrecking ball, the church is now something that holds everything from Indian weddings to art shows.

It held a reception at the old church Wednesday which would have been 150 years old this Sunday.

This video can be viewed on KCRG-TV9’s website.