The door at St. Mary of the Angels selected for this jubilee celebration is a 100-year-old interior solid oak door that is specially decorated and marked with a permanent plaque. Located in the church’s vestibule on the right-hand side, it is easily accessible from its front handicap entrance. Rev. Gregory Dobson, pastor of St. Mary’s, explained that the art restoration work in the interior of the church incorporated enhancing the new Door of Mercy as well.
“Because this door has such enormous historical and spiritual impact, we have a gold monogram “DM” in a design that is unique to St. Mary’s,” he said, adding, “it certainly deserves this kind of visual treatment and we want it to stand out for the many visiting pilgrims we expect this year.”
Fr. Dobson notes that while specific elements of spiritual preparation are part of the traditional pilgrimage experience for Catholics, non-Catholics are welcome to walk through the Door of Mercy too. “If you are sincere in seeking mercy and have the courage to want to transform your life, our door is definitely open for you,” he said.
Other Holy Doors of Mercy which Bishop Malone designated throughout the diocese are located in the following churches:
- The cathedral church of St. Joseph, downtown Buffalo
- Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lacawanna
- Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Youngstown
- St. Leo the Great, Amherst
- St. Hyacinth Church/ Blessed Mary Angela Parish, Dunkirk
- Our Lady of Mercy, LeRoy
- Corpus Christi, Buffalo (limited dates)
From Pope Francis’ announcement of the Jubilee Year :
The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is […] a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.