(Gregory Witul • Mon, Jun 30, 2014) In recent years, many of Buffalo’s Polish parishes have been on a bit of an upswing. St. Stanislaus Parish just celebrated its 140th anniversary; Corpus Christi has been working on replacing their towers; Father Krysa has breathed new life into St. Casimir’s and opened up the rectory as a museum to St. John Paul the Great; and Assumption has expanded its pastoral reach beyond the Polish community and has become a vibrant multiethnic parish.
This year, one parish has worked very hard to achieve its burgeoning renaissance, St John Kanty’s on Broadway at Swinburne in the heart of Buffalo’s far East Side. In the first six months of 2014, Kanty’s has hosted a Buffalo Mass Mob with more than 800 people visiting the parish, completed the Mary Project, an effort to replace the old statue of Mary at the corner of Broadway and Brownell, and held a successful Summerfest earlier this month.
This week we will look at how this parish was born and how they celebrated their golden anniversary.