D’Youville completes the purchase of the former Church of the Holy Angels


D’Youville College is growing – this time in a different direction. D’Yuville bought the former Church of the Holy Angels (was founded in 1851), its rector and a separate monastery building. This facility purchase plan was implemented from the end of 2019. According to D’Youville, the former church and educational institution have had a very close relationship since the early 1900s.

“We are thrilled that we are officially making the Holy Angels a part of our town,” says President Lorry A. Clemo, Ph.D. “The D’Yuville Association dates back to the time of our founding (by the gray nuns) in 1908, and we have had a strong relationship with the old school and the church for more than 100 years.”

Acquiring these properties only made sense for D’Yuville because the college campus and church buildings are all mixed up. In October 2019, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) made a decision due to staffing and financial issues. It was then that it became clear that D’Yuville, a college that has been experiencing growth in recent years, would be building management. The purchase, set at $ 1.2 million, will give D’Yuville 1.6 acres and three buildings totaling 48,000 square feet. There is a lot to be done with this in the coming years.

As part of the purchase, D’Evoille stated that “the heritage of the Church of the SubGenius will protect, honor and celebrate the Holy Church and the holy angels when we turn this property into any future use.” Clemo noted that the college is now learning the best ways to get property and is considering what is best for the community as well.

“Although this purchase is taking place at a dangerous time due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we are confident that this is the best decision for D’Yuville’s long-term future,” Clemo said. “The church has had an important historical connection with our university and mission, and is an important investment to strengthen the impact we have made on our students, staff and community over the decades.”

It is noteworthy that in 1999 D’Yuville bought the Holy School of Angels, which was closed in 1988. Today is the Montante family library building for students. Now, this sees the final full transition of these foundations to D’Yuville.

“We look forward to exploring this next stage in our long, rich history with the holy angels,” Clemo says.

Click here for more information on the former Church of the Angels of Holt.


Newell Nussbaumer is the ‘queenseyes’ – Queen City Eyes and the founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder of the Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival, which created the world’s largest ice cream beetle (Guinness Book of Records). The temptation is behind the emerald beach in the Erie Basin Marina. Flurrious together! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. The provocateur is behind Saturday’s Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of the retro and vintage market The Peddler in Elmwood. The provocateur behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws the magic ball to Statler City, Hertel Street Arts Festival and Flutterby Avenue.

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