ST. RITA'S CHURCH (SLOVAK)
BUFFALO, NEW YORK

A little cluster of Slovak families established themselves in the eastern part of Buffalo a few years back and for some time they attended the churches in the neighborhood, but in 1920 they became sufficiently numerous to merit a parish of their own.  Bishop Turner appointed the Rev. Louis Smelko to organize the new St. Rita's parish at Fillmore Avenue and Eagle Street.  The church was built in 1920 and along with the school was dedicated by the Bishop, September 5th of the same year.

Father Smelko died July 19, 1924, and was succeeded by the Rev. John Plavcan.



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