St. Anthony of Padua RC Church
St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church was founded in 1891 by Father Antonio Gibelli of the Missionary Fathers of St. Charles Borromeo to provide for the religious well being of the large number of Italians immigrants settling in Buffalo, NY during the 19th century. The parish quickly became the social center the of the city's 20,000 plus Italian population. Within a year, Gibelli had established the first Italian language school in the United States.
St. Anthony’s continues to be the center of Italian life in Buffalo. Msgr. Fred Voohes provides Sunday Masses in Italian and Latin, and hosts religious and social gatherings for traditional Italian feast days. St. Anthony’salso houses the office of the Western New York Italian Vice Consulate, Lucia Caracci Ederer. As a center of the Italian community, St. Anthony’s seeks to preserve the unique ethnic vitality and diversity brought to Western New York by its Italians.