Saint Michael’s Church is quite an amazing piece of architecture and has a very long history in Rochester, NY. The plans for St. Michael's began in 1887. Sandstone from Lockport and brownstone from Medina were transported to Rochester by way of the Erie Canal in order to build the magnificent Gothic Revival style place of worship. It wasn't completed and dedicated until 1890. Designed to hold 1,100 people, it remains the 10th tallest building in Rochester, at 246 feet. The 2,169 pipes of the organ were built by J.W. Steere & Son Organ Company. The church bells, one of which weighs 1,015 pounds, were manufactured by the Meneely and Kimberly Foundry and the McShane Bell Foundry. The beauty when walking into the sanctuary of St. Michael's is unrivaled, with gorgeous stained glass, cathedral ceilings, stone reliefs on the walls, and amazing details throughout. Today, mass is held in both Spanish and English since 90% of those in attendance are Latino.
Unfortunately, St. Michael's is at risk of closing its doors forever, ending an over-century-long presence in the community. Its parish, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, has a deficit of about $143,000, and because of this, one of their three churches is in peril. Decisions need to be made about the future of St. Michael’s, Our Lady of the Americas, and Annunciation Churches.
Nika Ink Photo & Graphics had the recent opportunity to create a virtual tour of the church and our hope is that you'll be inspired to visit this church face-to-face before it is too late. If you feel led to give support to the church or would like to know more information about attending mass, you can go to their website at sfxcrochester.org or call at 585-325-4041.