Statement from Saint Ann’s on Vatican Decree


This comes from Saint Ann’s website –

In a decree dated January 7, 2014 the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy informed the people of St. Ann that their recourse to prevent St. Ann Church and Shrine from being reduced to profane status has been upheld. This means that St. Ann Church and Shrine must be repaired and reopened and must remain a church. Our intention and our hope have always been—and still are—to work collaboratively and in a spirit of mutual respect and Christian charity with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo so that St. Ann’s Church and Shrine may remain an important spiritual, cultural and civic treasure for all of Western New York for many years to come. We are grateful for the prayers and the support of the community over the years, and ask for continued prayers and support as we begin to move forward to secure the future of St. Ann’s Church and Shrine.