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Prayer services this weekend at St. Ann Church and Shrine

A triduum of prayer services will be held this weekend, beginning Friday, by a group seeking the reopening of St. Ann Church and Shrine in Buffalo.

Services begin at 7 p.m. daily at 651 Broadway, at Emslie Street.

The Friends of St. Ann would like to have the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo reopen the church and hope for its restoration.

Built largely by working-class German immigrants, the church, completed in 1886, is among six that were selected by Preservation Buffalo Niagara as “Historic Houses of Worship.” It is the only one of the six that has been shuttered by the diocese.

In January 2014, a decree handed down from the Vatican Congregation of Clergy in Rome stated that the building cannot be sold or repurposed for profane use.