Support From Catholic leaders
The Most Reverend Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York
“Your plan to dismantle Saint Gerard’s parish church stone-by-stone and transfer all of the interior and exterior of the building material to Georgia so that it can be restructured and continue in use as a Catholic church is a unique and innovative initiative. Inasmuch as the transfer of the building meets with your approval, as well as with that of the Most Reverend Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, and also has the support of the parishes involved, I am delighted to add my own appreciation for what seems a most enlightened approach.”
The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory
Archbishop of Atlanta
“This endeavor to preserve a beloved church building is a new concept for both the Diocese of Buffalo and the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Moving the Church of St. Gerard from Buffalo, New York, to Norcross, Georgia, will benefit the community in the Atlanta area and we hope it will bring blessings to people in Buffalo as well.
Couples were married in Saint Gerard’s church. They brought their children to be baptized, confirmed and given the Eucharist at St. Gerard’s. They saw their parents and relatives buried from this beloved structure. It was the site where their sins were forgiven in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We hope that this revered church building can bring such spiritual life once again as the center of a vibrant and growing parish community in Norcross. The new geographical area will be a center for faith, an anchorpiece for the community, and a community noted for its love for art, music and architecture.
This is an unusual idea and a step in faith for the parishioners of Mary Our Queen Parish. It is a bold venture, we pray that it is worthy of pursuing for its own sake, to preserve the past and to press on towards a bright future.
I enthusiastically endorse this new venture on behalf of the parish of Mary Our Queen, along with Bishop Kmiec and his faithful flock.”
The Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec
Bishop of Buffalo
“As the Bishop of Buffalo, I am happy to bring to this project my personal support. I have heard from many parishioners whose sadness at the closing of the beautiful St. Gerard Church has been turned to joy by the offer to move their beloved church to a new life as a thriving Catholic Church in Atlanta.”
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