COHOES, N.Y. -- In May, Saint Patrick's Church in Watervliet was demolished after months of parishioners and residents trying to save it -- but not all of the beloved church was reduced to rubble.
Closed in 1998 by the diocese, a historic building on Johnston Avenue in Cohoes, formerly Saint Agnes Catholic Church was bought by Pastor Wendell Williams and the Good Ground Family Church for $50,000 in 2001.
"It had a five year plan, a five year window, which at the end of it, had a buyer not come along, they were going to raze or tear down the building like Saint Patrick's," said Williams. "It might seem a little vicarious, but we felt we could help by getting some of the things we could use, but we also felt in the telling, we could say to them, St. Patrick's your legacy lives on."
Throughout the Good Ground Family Church are bits and pieces of St. Patrick's. From door frames to molding, Williams says not a single piece of material he was given will be thrown out.
He says the materials they collected from the demolished church will be used for the Good Ground Family Church, but also for the Cohoes Connect Center for Youth, which is in the process of being built on the second floor of the church.
Williams says the heart of his church will have St. Patrick's in it.
"We hope that they'll come and we can point and make a plaque or we'll do something to indicate St. Patrick's is still alive if you will, in spirit and indeed, here at good ground," said Williams.
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