St. Gerard's Move To Georgia Lacking Funding

October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 6:11 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 6:11 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) It is a massive undertaking. Moving a church, brick by brick, from Buffalo to the suburbs of Atlanta. That is the plan for the future of Saint Gerard's Catholic Church if the money can be raised.

The plan to disassemble St. Gerard's Church in Buffalo, move it 900 miles south, and rebuild it has hit a single but very large roadblock.

Father David Dye of Mary Our Queen Parish in Georgia, who was in Buffalo for the National Preservation Conference, is spear-heading the fund raising efforts to move St. Gerard's.

"The only thing keeping us from doing it is the funds at the moment," he said.

Kevin Keenan is the Communications Director for the Diocese of Buffalo.

"The money needs to be in place before a single piece of that Indiana limestone is removed from that building," Keenan said.

The move is expected to cost 14 to 16 million dollars, but Father Dye says over the last 2 and a half years, his parish has only raised 3 million dollars.

"I would have hoped that we could have raised the money by now. In fact, it's kind of discouraging at times. But then I wake up and see the church again, like coming to Buffalo again, and I go 'Wow we really need to do this,'" Fr. Dye said.

But what if Mary Our Queen Parish in Georgia can't raise the money to move St. Gerard's church?

"We would take another look at the property, see what interest that there might be as a reuse and go froward from there," Keenan said.

"If you're going to run a marathon, if you give up before you start or get half way there or whatever then you'll never make it to the end. It is an endurance and a perseverance effort," Father Dye said.

For more information on the move of St. Gerard's or to donate, go to www.movedbygrace.com.