BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many people are fighting to re-open one of Buffalo's historic churches.
The Diocese closed St. Ann's Church back in 2012, and now a faithful group of parishioners meet in the basement of the church for mass each Sunday.
Parishioners include Ron Bates, whose family has been dedicated members of the church for the past 70 years.
"My parents were married here, I went to school here and I was invited back to be a part of the committee to help fundraise," Bates said.
Members of the church's revitalization committee say there are a number of things that need to be fixed in the structure, especially in the West Tower.
Carolyn Robinson, Co-chair of St. Ann's Revitalization Committee said, "They need to do the louvers and things. There are several stones that are losing their mortar which would cause some cracking and cause some things to fall. There are several ways it can be repaired."
Robinson says the structural issues also need to be fixed since there's been some water leakage inside the church.
She additionally says the repairs could cost up to $12 million dollars. The revitalization committee plans to do a major fundraising campaign to raise the money. "We know it's a large amount, but we're willing to do the work to do it," she said.
The historical church will celebrate its 155th anniversary in August. Robinson and the parishioners have faith that the doors of Saint Ann's will re-open within the next 4 years.
Until then, a priest from the community will celebrate mass each week with the dedicated group of parishioners.
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