Georgia parish says: “Flip this NY Church!”

Catholic News Agency with this inspirational Monday-morning tale:

A thriving parish in Georgia is relocating an entire historic church over 900 miles south from Buffalo, New York, rather than construct a new building for their community.
With over 750 families and counting, Mary Our Queen in Norcross, Georgia recently outgrew its current building and is in dire need of additional facilities.
On the other hand, St. Gerard Church in Buffalo, N.Y. was forced to close in early 2008 after the number of parishioners dropped to an unsustainable level. The parish was built in 1911 and modeled after the famous Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.
When asked what sparked the notion to transport an entire church, the pastor of Mary Our Queen, Fr. David Dye, said that the concept “sort of developed from the idea using statues, altars, stations of the cross etc. from closed churches.”
“We did that in our temporary (church) to give it a ‘traditional’ historic feel. Out of that when we came across St. Gerard’s we thought of using parts and the parts were so wonderful we just said why not just move it as it is,” he explained.
“It also was within 10 percent of what we had designed to be built. That blew the mind of the architect. Not only is it 90 percent of what we needed in terms of space etc. But it looked almost exactly like the renderings that the architect had done,” Fr. Dye said. [Continue reading…]

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  • William

    What an amazing story. It always saddens me when beautiful, old churches have to be shuttered due to population shifting away. While it might not always be possible to do this sort of a move, it would be great if more parish communities seeking to expand the size of their church would consider this.



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