Let’s give St. Ann to Georgia parish
It’s disheartening to hear when a church is closing its doors, but more so when a church is being torn down. I have a proposal: Give St. Ann Church to the parish community in Atlanta, Ga., that wanted St. Gerard on Bailey Avenue. Instead of demolishing St. Ann, the church would be dismantled in stages – first, interiorly and then exteriorly.
The dioceses of Buffalo and Atlanta could cooperate and work together financially. The Buffalo Diocese will already be committing funds to tear it down, but the Atlanta Diocese already raised funds to dismantle a church. St. Ann would then be shipped south and reassembled while the Georgia parish community continues to raise funds but also, in the interim, repair and refinish the interior furnishings. When the church is being reassembled in Georgia, the east tower, which was damaged in a 1965 wind storm, could be made whole.
St. Ann will become a legacy to the German community of Buffalo, the city and diocese of Buffalo and all the worshippers who ever walked into the church. A bronze plaque could denote the cooperation of two dioceses in different parts of the country that worked together. Let’s give it a try before St. Ann is pilfered and monies are made from the antiquities.
Robert G. Lewandowski