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St. Joseph Church – Interior Photographs

October 16th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

The photographs in this post of the former St. Joseph Church come to us courtesy of reader, Rich Marciszewski. Mr. Marciszewski is the author of The Oasis of Grace- A History of Saint Joseph’s Church and Park, Rochester, New York. This 60 page book tells the story of St. Joseph Church, and includes over 100 photographs of this most beautiful Rochester landmark. Be sure to order your copy today. The entire proceeds will go to the Landmark Society with the purpose of preserving St. Joseph’s for years to come. The front exterior of the church building continues to stand to this day, just down the road from Our Lady of Victory. The interior has long been hollowed out after a damaging fire. The memory of this great church lives on, in the images below, and in this book.

Below are the images that Mr. Marciszewski has shared with us. Click on any image to see the full size picture. Enjoy!

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7 Responses to “St. Joseph Church – Interior Photographs”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    This church was beautiful. It certainly puts OLV to shame!

  2. Double WOW for showing these pictures,Rich. I'm going to get one of those books for sure.

    I believe that in the first picture, if you enlarge it, on the left side is the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (they were Redemptorist at St. Joe's) that is now at OLV. Am I correct, Rich? Does it tell that in the book?

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    Truly heaven on earth.

  4. The large icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help that hangs in Our Lady of Victory Church is indeed the one that used to hang in St. Joseph's. After the fire, the Redemptorists took charge of OLV & merged the parishes. The large Icon was taken in solemn procession from the burned church to OLV where it remains today. I will be posting more photos shortly, a few color ones, and some pictures from the scene of the fire, which occurred 35 years ago this Sunday.

  5. There must be quite story then about the icon. If the icon was spared from the ravages of the fire, but everything else was ruined in the fire.

    Will you be posting pictures of that whole bank of statues in the ante-room before you entered the church proper? Do you have pictues of the old school? I should order a few of those books.

    Thanks again.

  6. I have a few photos of the original school, which was built attached to the church behind the St Alphonsus Chapel. The second school was built much later, then replaced in the early 1960's by the current business school building. I have 2 with groups of children outside, from the early 1900's. I also have a few pictures from the St. Francis De Sales chapel for the deaf, which was the first organized deaf ministry in Rochester- it was located in the school's basement. I will post them soon.

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    Glorious!! Thanks…


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