Fire Destroys St. Joseph Maronite Rite Church In Olean, NY

Prayers for this parish and their new pastor, Father Anthony.

Updated Aug 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM EDT

OLEAN, NY ( release ) A late afternoon fire destroyed St. Joseph Maronite Rite Church in Olean Saturday.

Note the outreach from the Latin/Roman Catholic Diocese and near-by St. Mary of the Angels Latin parish.

We have also offered whatever sacred vestments, linens, or vessels that may be needed. We especially promise our prayers for Father Anthony and the people of our Maronite community now and in the weeks and months ahead. We will move the statue of St. Joseph, usually on display in our parish hall, to a place of honor in our sanctuary.

I was especially moved by this gesture regarding the statue. A Latin parish near our parish recently gave us their beloved holy icon Christ the Good Shepherd. It was a very moving gift of support for us.

Oh dear. Olean, NY is also the location of St. Bonaventure University if that helps anyone place it, south from Buffalo and near the Pennsylvania border.

I’ll be praying for them.

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