St. Mary of the Angels Motherhouse Complex
Posted by: Rayman
N 42° 58.395 W 078° 44.855
17T E 683673 N 4760305
Quick Description: This beautiful building in Williamsville, NY, once home to Sisters of St. Francis, has been converted to senior citizen apartments.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 6/24/2006 7:43:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMFJG
For nearly 140 years, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Third Order Regular, Buffalo, New York - also known as the Williamsville Franciscans - have maintained a presence in the Western New York area.
The Bishop of Philadelphia gave permission to three very religious women to form their own religious community. In 1861, Bishop Timon of Buffalo asked the three women to come to Buffalo. Instead, three other sisters came to town and started their first activities - nursing of the sick poor in their homes. By 1863 the Buffalo community became separated from Philadelphia.
By 1886 the Buffalo community was caring for the sick and aged and staffing six schools. By 1905, nineteen additional schools were opened. The convent grew large enough that a new building was built to replace their quarters in downtown Buffalo. Construction of St. Mary of the Angels Motherhouse Complex was started in 1926 and was completed in 1928. Eventually the motherhouse was too large and the convent moved to new facilities in 1999. The building was converted to St. Mary's apartments for senior citizens.
400 Mill St
Williamsville, NY United States
County / Borough / Parish: Erie
Year listed: 2002
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Francis
Periods of significance: 1928-1999
Historic function: Convent
Current function: Senior citizen apartments
Privately owned?: yes
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 1: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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