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Infant of Prague Parish History

In 1946, Rev. Maurice Woulfe, associate pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians, recommended to Bishop O’Hara, to purchase the property at Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Rev. John Henesey was appointed the first pastor of the new parish in this rapidly growing suburb of Buffalo. The first Mass was said in a tent with 150 people in attendance. The sisters of St. Francis from Williamsville soon followed to staff the temporary school building, an old airplane hanger, for 44 children. The first principal was Sr. Mary Regina.

The new school was constructed in 1950. Within 5 years enrollment at Infant of Prague school was over 900 children. Ground was broken for the new, larger, one thousand seat church on the feast of Christ the King in 1959. It was blessed and dedicated by Bishop Leo Smith in 1962. The original Infant on the dome was carved in Italy. The dream came true for Fr. Henesey to have a parish named after his devotion to the Infant Jesus.

The new parish center and rectory was constructed in 1990. The parish was merged with the faith community of Mother of Divine Grace in 2009. Infant of Prague celebrates 65 years of serving as a spiritual home for the people of God!