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  • Father David M. Dye, left, the retired administrator of Mary Our Queen Church, Norcross, and Father Francis “Butch” Mazur, the last pastor of St. Gerard Church, Buffalo, New York, discuss the new Mary Queen Church in the background, which was built as a replica of St. Gerard. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • The Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree honor guard pose for a photograph prior to the Mass of Dedication. Photo By Deacon Ken Melvin
  • Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, center, the principal celebrant for the March 17 Mass of Dedication, conducts the prayer of dedication as altar server Ethan Brown holds the book. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • (Seated, l-r) Father Darragh Griffith, the current pastor of Mary Our Queen Church, Peachtree Corners, Deacon Robb Ciezki of the Diocese of Buffalo, altar server Ethan Brown and Ric Liegerot, assistant master of ceremonies, wait on the altar and look out over the congregation during the incensation of the church. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Deacon Bill Boyd of Mary Our Queen Church, right, and Deacon Robb Ciezki of the Diocese of Buffalo, left, lit the candles along the walls of the church and on the altar during the March 17 Mass of Dedication. Photo By Deacon Ken Melvin
  • During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Father Darragh Griffith, second from left, the current pastor of Mary Our Queen Church, Peachtree Corners, Father David M. Dye, second from right, senior priest and former administrator of Mary Our Queen Church, and Father Francis “Butch” Mazur, third from right, the last pastor of St. Gerard Church, Buffalo, New York, join their brother clergy on the altar, including Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, right, the principal celebrant. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Angela Griffith, left center, the mother of Father Darragh Griffith, and his sister Ann Marie Watkin, right center, came from Dublin, Ireland to attend the Mass of Dedication on St. Patrick's Day. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Deacon Robb Ciezki of the Diocese of Buffalo leaves Mary Our Queen Church with the clergy during the recessional hymn, “All Creatures of Our God and King.” Photo By Deacon Ken Melvin
  • Ten days out from the March 17 dedication, construction workers make final preparations to the sanctuary at Mary Our Queen Church, Peachtree Corners. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • The two statues Mary and Jesus and Joseph appeared on opposite sides of the church in the old Mary Our Queen worship space. In the new church, the Holy Family occupies the same side altar. The iron gates in front of the altar came from St. Gerard Church in Buffalo, New York. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • (L-r) Father Francis “Butch” Mazur, the last pastor of St. Gerard Church, Buffalo, New York, Richard and Dorothy Ciezki, their daughter-in-law Frankie, and son Deacon Robb Ciezki of the Diocese of Buffalo pose for photo in front of the altar and tabernacle at Mary Our Queen Church, two of the many artifacts that came from St. Gerard Church when it closed in 2008. Deacon Ciezki served at St. Gerard and his family held membership there at time of its closing. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • This image was captured on May 24, 1998 when the old Mary Our Queen Church, the building on the left, was dedicated. This old worship space will now serve as the parish hall. Photo By Rick Taylor
  • The late Archbishop John F. Donoghue, center, was the main celebrant during the Mass of Dedication nearly 21 years ago. This image shows them officially presenting the church to the archbishop before “unlocking of the doors.” Photo By Rick Taylor
  • The classical architectural style of the new Mary Our Queen Church, Peachtree Corners, is captured in the hour before its doors swung open for the March 17 Mass of Dedication. The construction partners included architects Harrison Design, general contractors Whiting-Turner and Catholic Construction Services. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • St. Gerard Church closed in 2008. Today it serves the Muslim community as a mosque, after it was sold by the Diocese of Buffalo in 2017.

Father David M. Dye, left, the retired administrator of Mary Our Queen Church, Peachtree Corners, and Father Francis "Butch" Mazur, the last pastor of St. Gerard Church, Buffalo, New York, discuss the new Mary Our Queen Church in the background, which was built as a replica of St. Gerard. Photo By Michael Alexander


Peachtree Corners

Dedication of Mary Our Queen Church a celebration of old and new

PEACHTREE CORNERS—In 2008, Father Francis “Butch” Mazur closed and locked the doors of St. Gerard Church in Buffalo, New York, where he served as pastor. The parishioners who had gathered for the final Mass stood outside the shuttered doors in the streets of downtown Buffalo, staring at the church that, for many of them, had […] Full Story