Struck Down But Not Destroyed


StruckDown_PosterA community awakens to find their beloved church engulfed in flames. The glorious, Civil War-era St. Joseph Church in Tiffin, Ohio became a burned-out shell with only the four walls left standing. It was 1934, the depths of the Great Depression, and many feared that the structure could never be rebuilt. But the parishioners proved them wrong.

This 15-minute documentary combines never-before-seen historical footage, photos, and eyewitness accounts to piece together an incredible tale of sacrifice and rebirth.

Directed by Katie Breidenbach. Special thanks to the film’s contributors: Seneca County Museum, Tiffin-Seneca History Notebook, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin Ohio: A Pictorial History Through Postcards, and Advertiser-Tribune.

“We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:8-9


Media Coverage

“Struck Down But Not Destroyed” was featured on New York City’s television show “City of Churches” on Sept. 21st, 2016. Katie Breidenbach, the film’s director, was interviewed by the program’s host, Anthony Mangano, and gave insight into the film’s motivation and the struggles of production. 


Premiere photo gallery

The film was released on April 10th, 2016, with the very first screening hosted by the church that was the subject of the documentary, St. Joseph in Tiffin Ohio. About 150 people attended, including most of those who were interviewed for the film.

© 2016 by Thing in a Pot Productions and made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 License.


  1. Katie, We saw the article in the advertiser Tribune about the showing of the DVD Struck Down but not destroyed, so I looked it up on this website. What a great presentation. I am so proud of you and your work. Love, Joanne

    1. Hi Mrs. McGinnis! Thanks so much for watching the video and for your kind words! It was really my pleasure to make. God bless you!!

  2. Hi Katie,
    The 3rd graders at Calvert Catholic Schools watched your video today for Religion class. We learned SO MUCH! I was also able to proudly tell them that you were one of my former 3rd graders. 🙂 You can be very proud of this project!

    Eileen Frisch

    1. Hi Mrs. Frisch,
      Thank you so much for sharing the video!! I’m so glad that the 3rd graders were able to hear this incredible story. Tell them I said to study hard in your class and they’ll do even greater things 🙂 God bless!!

  3. Great job! A labor of love and a gift from you to the people of Tiffin that will be a historical document for future generations. I have always been in awe of the tremendous financial & physical sacrifices people made to build many of the beautiful churches we worship in today. They were saints who had incredible faith. I wish I had an ounce of that faith!

    Beautifully shot. You packed a lot of info into less than 13 minutes. I am sure the city of Tiffin is very proud of you!

    P.S.: The quality of your work comes as no surprise. We get to see this every day on Currents!

    1. Hi Cedric,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to watch! Yes, we certainly have inherited a legacy of incredible faith. God bless them! And thanks for your kind words, it’s because I’m surrounded by talented people 🙂

  4. Mrs. Hayes’ 7th period religion class watched this. We enjoyed it very much! Thank you for the video, but we want to know how the pigeons flew in on cue. Are they stunt pigeons? We need to know ASAP.

    -the Juniors

    1. Hello 7th period religion class and Mrs. Hayes,
      Thank you for your comment! We are happy you liked the film. Regarding your question about the pigeons, we actually did not have to train them. Your biology teacher should have told you, pigeons are naturally egotistic and always trying to get their beaks on TV. All we had to do was turn on the camera and they flew right in. Try it sometime.

  5. Beautiful! I am originally a St/ Mary’s person but taught and was Principal at St. Joseph. I was in the balcony one Saturday night for Mass and there was a storm. Lightening struck the tower and I never saw people exit a church so quickly. The fire department can and thank God there was no fire. Again a beautiful story about a beautiful church with lots of beautiful people.

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