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Church of the Transfiguration

Biography

Location: Monroe County, Pittsford
Address: 50 W. Bloomfield Rd. Map
Parish formed: April 26, 1983
Present church built: Dec. 19, 1992
Present affiliation: Parish
Web site: http://www.transfigurationpittsford.org/

Pastors/Rectors/Administrators

  • Fr. Gerald Appelby, April 26, 1983-June 25, 2002
  • Fr. Michael J. Bausch, June 25, 2002-present

History

Church of the Transfiguration was formed April 26, 1983 by Bishop Matthew Clark to minister to the growing south Pittsford region. Fr. Gerald Appelby, then serving in campus ministry, was selected to be the founding pastor. The first members of the new parish came from small prayer groups at St. Louis church in the Village of Pittsford just to the north. Bp. Clark offered the new community three possible choices for a parish name: St. Luke, St. Martha, and Transfiguration. Ultimately the decision was to go with name Church of the Transfiguration, and the parish was born. One of the founding parishioners, Tom Kirchoff, located a 130 year-old barn at the corner of Stone Rd and Clover St. that would become the first home for the parish. Work was put into preparing the barn for worship, and the first Mass would be celebrated there on the Feast of the Transfiguration August 6, 1983. Several hundred people turned out that weekend over the course of four Masses, and 38 families registered as founding parishioners.

As the weather became colder, it was obvious that worshipping in the barn church would not be feasible during the cold weather months. Transfiguration ended up worshipping at Christ Clarion Church on Thornell Road for Saturday vigil Mass (4:30 PM), and JoMor Theatre in Eastview Mall for Sunday Masses (8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM). Soon a new church building would be constructed on the present site. All interior work, including painting, staining, and the ceiling (which was constructed with pine from the old barn church) was done by parishioners. The cross atop the church was also fashioned out of wood beams from the barn. Masses began to be offered in the new church on Christmas of 1984 in the basement. Mass was offered in the finished church on May 4, 1985, and the edifice would be dedicated the following day.

Membership at Transfiguration continued to boom throughout the 1980s. By 1989, the parish had 700 registered families, and discussion began on building the present-day church. An administration building was constructed, and then the new church. The current church was dedicated by Bp. Clark on December 19, 1992. The transfigured Christ statue mounted on the wall of the sanctuary was designed by parishioner Sandy Damico, and carved by an unknown priest from Rome, NY. The bricks on the wall behind the statue were signed by various children in the Vacation Bible School program, and puzzle pieces containing the names of parishioner families were placed underneath the floor. The former church building, which still stands on the property, is now used as a religious education center.

Growth continued into the 1990s. Planning for a new parish life center began in 1997, and came to fruition in August of 1999. The building would be dedicated a month later. In June of 2002, the founding Pastor, Fr. Appelby, would move on to another assignment. Fr. Michael Bausch was appointed the Pastor, and continues to serve the parish today.


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