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Parish History


Blessed Sacrament Church, Buffalo, has enjoyed a very long and distinguished history closely linked to several of the bishops of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Founded in 1887 as the chapel for the second Bishop of Buffalo, Bishop Stephen Vincent Ryan, the chapel was soon expanded to meet the needs of a growing congregation and named Blessed Sacrament Church.

A growing city and a growing Catholic population called for even more expansion and plans were put in place to build a new cathedral adjacent to the church that would hold 1,500 people. In 1915, St. Joseph’s New Cathedral was dedicated. However, after sixty short years, the Cathedral was demolished due to severely deteriorating materials that could not withstand the Buffalo winters. At this point, in 1976, the parish was recommissioned, once again, as Blessed Sacrament Church.

Renewal Consultation Session

Thursday, October 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom

The Diocese of Buffalo invites you to join us for an online Renewal Consultation Session to learn about and discuss the new Diocesan Road to Renewal Initiative. We want very much to understand the needs, concerns and hopes that you have for the Faith communities in your area of the Diocese.

Please join us for a Zoom gathering on Thursday, October 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as members of our Road to Renewal Committee facilitate these conversations regarding your experience of Church in this vicariate. The link will be on the parish website as well as on the Diocese of Buffalo website or at www.roadtorenewal.org. Please look for the box that corresponds with our date and then click on the N.W. Buffalo button to us!

In addition to these sessions, there are opportunities for those who prefer to share their insights in writing. Please send an email to renewal@buffalodiocese.org outlining your thoughts on renewing our Church’s mission and ministry, or take the online survey. Written letters can also be mailed directly to: Diocese of Buffalo, Road to Renewal, 795 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14203.