Conquered: Another Historic Catholic Church Will Be Converted into a Mosque in Buffalo, New York

Why did the Buffalo Diocese refuse to sell St. Ann’s to a group of Catholics who wanted to preserve it as a Catholic Church and instead chose a shadowy Islamic group?

In a secretive deal with the Muslim community, the historic Saint Ann Catholic Church and Shrine in Buffalo, New York, was purchased for a mere $250,000. Many are questioning why the Buffalo Diocese refused to sell St. Ann’s to a group of Catholics who wanted to preserve it as a Catholic Church and instead chose a shadowy Islamic group.

The 50,000 square-foot Church, built in 1886 by German immigrants that has held as many as 1,600 people for Sunday Mass, will now be turned into a mosque and Islamic center.

Like many Muslims moving to new areas, they seek to take over historic Christian places of worship and turn them into mosques and Islamic centers. Or, they try to build triumphal mosques on their battlefields, such as Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center used to stand.

Many of the churches in Buffalo, which is quickly becoming the Dearborn of New York, have already been converted into Mosques. For example, saint Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church was transformed into the mosque Bait Ul Mamur Inc. Masjid, and the Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church was converted into Jami Masjid. Also, the Buffalo Catholic Church, St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church, was sold in 2017 to be converted into a mosque.

The Islamic group also plans to create a shopping center, college, school boarding house, and funeral home on neighboring property. It is “looking to put several million dollars into this in the next year, in the church alone,” the group’s president, Talha Bakth, told The Buffalo News.

“Another Catholic Church Becomes a Mosque in Buffalo, Welcome to the Dearborn of New York, by Frontpage Magazine, February 17, 2023″

While Dearborn, Michigan is home to the largest Muslim population in the United States, Buffalo, New York, is fast becoming a serious contender for that title.

Why Buffalo, with its horrendous, inhospitable winter weather?

Wikipedia tells us that there has been a large influx of inhabitants to Buffalo of Arab descent, mainly from Yemen. This has caused the Muslim population of the city to skyrocket. Wikipedia also informs the reader that, “Since the 1950s and 1960s, the greater portion of the Jewish population has moved to the suburban areas outside of the city, or to the city’s upper West Side.”

Is the exodus of Jews a coincidence?

Why would so many Jews opt to leave Buffalo’s inner city just as the Muslim population there was exploding? Wikipedia, of course, doesn’t dare explain this. It just lays out the facts so that the reader can draw his/her own conclusions.

In 1997, The Buffalo News reported that the Muslim Community was growing in Western New York. In 2016, ‘Middle East Eye’ reported that “Muslim refugees in Buffalo defy stereotypes,” and quoted Democrat Mayor Byron Brown as saying that “Refugees are helping the city grow after decades of decline.”

In 1900, Buffalo was one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S. It was primarily known as a great railroad town, a center for steel and automotive manufacturing and its dominance in the flour milling industry. The 1950’s saw its population at a booming 589,000; by 2016, with all of the factories closed, the premier city of ‘The Rust Belt’ claimed 259,000 residents.

Buffalo’s political scene is so solidly Democrat that in 2021 there was only one candidate for mayor listed on the ballot: India Walton, a “Democratic Socialist.” Fellow Democrat Byron Brown, a loser in the primary, won reelection for a fifth term as a write-in candidate. There were no Republican candidates for mayor at all although Brown, during his campaign, criticized Walton for being a socialist while Walton said that Brown was supported by hidden Republican money.

But where do Republicans hide in Buffalo?

Last year, City Journal reported that Buffalo’s middle and high schools teach students that “American society was designed for the impoverishment of people of color and enrichment of white people,” that “the United States created a social system that had racist economic inequality built into its foundation,” and that “the wealth gap is the result of black slavery, which created unjust wealth for white people…”

Buffalo, in other words, is a perfect example of the kind of blue city you want to avoid at all costs.

And yet the liberal Brookings Institute called Buffalo the seventh most segregated city in the United States, with the liberal Institute claiming that the “Rust Belt” mindset intentionally separated blacks who migrated north during the Jim Crow-inspired Great Migration in the 1950s into the East Side section of the city divided by super highways (or makeshift Berlin Walls), an area plagued by (so called) under investment and over policing.

The Brookings report inspired a Washington Post report on how urban design “segregation markers” like highways affected how the two populations, black and white, suffered differently after the December 2022 blizzard.

The May 2022 mass shooting at the Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue put Buffalo in the spotlight once again.  The tragedy was encapsulated in a special New Yorker story entitled ‘American Racism and the Buffalo Shooting.’ The shooter, apparently, hated Jews as much (or even more) than he hated blacks.

The Tops shooting put Buffalo upfront and center in the extremist city category.

Yet another form of extremism hit the city back in 2002. That’s when the Buffalo area was put on an Islamic Watch terror list of sorts when the so-called Lackawanna Six were arrested for attending an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan before 9/11. Lackawanna is just six miles from Buffalo.

The ‘training camp’ event caused The Middle East Eye to report (a little defensively) in 2016 that,

“….Visit a mid-size city like Buffalo, a chilly corner of upstate New York with a booming refugee population, and the reality is quite different. There are no anti-immigrant protests, no graffiti-daubed mosques. Muslim refugees do not wear suicide bomb vests under their goose-down winter wear.”

Check out any You Tube video on Muslim life in Buffalo and you’ll see multiple ‘community service day’ videos where Muslim volunteers can be seen staffing BBQ carnival events, free for any city resident, where the activities range from face painting, soccer, free blood pressure tests (with a real physician in attendance), and of course generous portions of BBQ food. “They have some good old corn,” as one happy lady told a roving reporter there.

But these events are about a lot more than food and “giving back” to the community.

Information about Islam is abundant at these open air markets where clothes, furniture, household items and industrial equipment are there for the taking.

“True Islam is true Christianity the way it is supposed to be,” a male devotee announces to one community day videographer as BBQ smoke rises behind him and then parts like fading ectoplasm, revealing a towering edifice once known as Saint Ann Catholic Church and Shrine, built in 1886 by German immigrants, and recently sold to the Muslim community for an even $250,000.

The purchase of the church, as well as a school and former convent, by the Downtown Islamic Center, was at first reported by the press and by the Diocese of Buffalo as a purchase by “a group of local business people and investors.”

This attempt to hide the buyer went bust when the sale was completed in November 2022. At that time it was announced that the buyer was Buffalo Crescent Holdings, a non-profit affiliated with the Downtown Islamic Center.

The Islamic Center announced that it had been looking for a worship space, as well as a 3,000 student school and college, a shopping plaza and a funeral home.

Built by German immigrants to seat 1,200, St. Ann’s is an architectural wonder with its stunning interior of painted plaster and woodwork.

The church was closed by the Diocese in 2012 because of structural damages. The Buffalo News reported that St. Ann’s “will be at least the third Catholic church in Buffalo to be converted into a masjid, or mosque, for Muslim worship.

“Darul Uloom Al Madania in 1994 bought the former Holy Mother of Rosary Polish National Catholic Cathedral on Sycamore and Sobieski streets. And in 2009, the former Queen of Peace Church on Genesee Street was purchased and transformed into Masjid Jami. “

“This was one of the most beautiful places in Buffalo,” former parishioner Lucy Ederer, a member of a group known as Save St. Ann’s Church & Shrine, told ‘The News.’

“We fought the good fight until the very end and there wasn’t any place else to go. We went to the Supreme Court of the Vatican.”

Yet Ederer mentioned that she was glad that the church building would still be used as a place of worship. Preservationists concurred, as if Islam were merely a benign branch of Unitarianism

The secular, liberal press refused to look into the deeper meanings of the sale.

They did not ask why the Buffalo Diocese refused to sell St. Ann’s to a group of Catholics who wanted to preserve it as a Catholic Church.

What they [Buffalo News] reported was that the deal was another indication of the steady growth of the Muslim population in Western New York, “mostly due to an influx of immigrants, especially from Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country, and of refugees from war-torn areas of the world.”

But conservative Catholics like Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute—an organization devoted to the memory of the overthrow of the Ottoman Turks in 1571 by Catholic forces—told Church Militant:

“Bishops aren’t supposed to be corporate CEOs. They’re the stewards of souls. So it’s absolutely damnable for the diocese to refuse to sell this church to faithful Catholics while practically giving it to the Muslims.”

Attorney Brody Hale, co-founder and president of the St. Stephen Protomartyr Project, which works to preserve Catholic churches for sacred use, told Church Militant that he had doubts whether the guidelines of the Dicastery for the Clergy of the Holy See (the department in the Vatican that oversees the sale of churches) were followed.

Those guidelines state that it must be proven that other sources of funding must be deemed not viable before “financial insufficiency is plead as a grave cause to justify the relegation of a church to profane but not sordid use.”

Hale, unlike the preservationists, says it irks him when he hears people say that a church is just a building.

“A church as defined by canon law is a sacred edifice,” he says. “Churches as sacred buildings have fundamentally more protections under canon law than parishes.”

The real question is: why are some Catholic bishops so eager to sell churches that have been closed?

In an interview I did with Hale in 2022, he told me,

“This is not what churches are supposed to be used for according to canon law. Churches are not poker chips a bishop can use to cash out when he’s in a bind.”

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Amy Mek

Investigative Journalist: Banned in parts of Europe, Wanted by Islamic countries, Threatened by terror groups, Hunted by left-wing media, Smeared by Hollywood elites & Fake religious leaders.


  • The silver lining to this dark cloud is that Jesus Himself established HIS Church, his Body, his people, without big buildings, so it’s foolish to prioritize them over him as we sadly all too often have done. Ironically where the Church is in the greatest decline is often where she’s burdened by so many things (Luke 10:41-42), like property and buildings, whereas among the poor, like in Africa and Asia, where they have nothing of the world, only the infinitely greater, heavenly treasure, Jesus Himself, their numbers are divinely growing.
    Psalms 39:6; Proverbs 11:28; 13:7; 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:12; Matthew 13:22; 19:23;
    Luke 1:53 The hungry he hath filled with good things; And the rich he hath sent empty away.;
    6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
    12:16-21 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  17  and he reasoned within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where to bestow my fruits?  18  And he said,
    This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my grain and my goods.  19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry.  20  But God said unto him, Thou foolish one, this night is thy soul required of thee; and the things which thou hast prepared, whose shall they be?  21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
    James 2:5; Revelation 2:17-18.

  • big deal, it goes from one form of false, dead religion to another. No difference, no loss. They BOTH teach a false doctrine which leads to a false god, which leads to idol worship

    • Yes, true. But Islam is not compatable with Western values. And so they slowly change a country, and eventually take it over. Such as -Persia/Iran
      -Iraq -Egypt -Syria -Lebanon -Jordan -Palestine -Israel -Yemen -Saudi Arabia -Oman -Turkey -Algeria -Tunisia -Libya -Morocco -Kazakhstan -Azerbaijan
      -Uzbekistan -Kyrgyzstan -Tajikistan -Turkmenistan -Afghanistan and Indonesia. just saying.

  • When our pope is aiding and abetting the muslims over Catholics you know we don’t have a chance and he also likes pagan ceremonies in the Vatican garden so what do you expect?

  • Say NO to towelee and sherrys law there just unamerican interlopers. Real Americans know who the enemies are within. We’re watching you dumb motherfuckers. Just slip once and it’s off with your allah akbar heads and back on the boat. Peace be with you!



  • Scarcely surprising, given the liberation theologist in the Vatican, and the venal houseplant in the White House.


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