Religion News: Georgia parish importing 99-year-old church from N.Y.

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A Roman Catholic parish north of Atlanta is raising money to transport a closed church from Buffalo, N.Y.

St. Gerard’s in Buffalo was closed in 2008 as part of a diocese restructuring, and has been vacant since. According to wire reports, the Rev. David Dye offered to buy the church, and with the agreement of Buffalo’s bishop and St. Gerard’s former leadership, the plan was put into motion.

St. Gerard’s would be transported piece-by-piece from the bottom up, with a new foundation, new structural walls and reproduced plasterwork. It would then become Mary Our Queen in Norcross, Ga.

Dye is hoping to raise $16 million for the project.

This Week in Religion

- On June 5, 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion.

- On June 9, 1856, 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City carrying their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.

Survey Says

A study of nearly 700 parents with children younger than 18 found that parenthood rarely sparks brand-new experiences of faith for people: Only one out of every 20 parents (5 percent) said that having children helped them become active in a church for the first time.

-- The Barna Group

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Get to Know … Jerome of Prague

Jerome of Prague (1379–1416) was an early Bohemian church reformer.

Born in Prague, he studied the works of John Wycliffe in England and supported Wycliffe’s teachings.

As a precursor to the Protestant Reformation, this movement supported anticlerical and biblically centered reforms to the Roman Catholic Church.

Jerome also was a chief follower of Jan Hus, who was burned at the stake for his oppositional views on ecclesiology, the Eucharist and other points of theology.

Jerome was similarly burned at the stake after being accused of heresy.

The Word

Jnana: A Sanskrit term used in Buddhism to refer to higher knowledge and wisdom. --

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of Gabon

Christian: 55 percent to 75 percent

Animist, Muslim: less than 1 percent

- CIA Factbook

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