Manhattan parish prays for a miracle as century-old church’s closure looms

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UPPER EAST SIDE — A New York City landmark and a spiritual home to hundreds is slated to be shut down Friday.

Our Lady of Peace on 62nd Street on the Upper East Side has been around for nearly 100 years and parishioners are not giving up easy. They are pulling an all-nighter Thursday in a last ditch effort to save their church. Many wore all black, in mourning.

But parishioners are not giving up easy, especially those who are direct descendants of the church's founders. Congregants are pulling an all-nighter in a last ditch effort to save the church. They marched through the neighborhood, lit candles and held Mass. They plan to stay at the church until after a noon mass Friday, after which the Archdiocese is expected to lock the doors.

The Archdiocese of New York plans to close and merge 31 churches throughout the region. In its November 2014 decree to close this church, the diocese said it was because of the shrinking size of the congregations, fewer priests and a lack of money.

But parishioners told PIX11 News they have not given up all hope. Members of Our Lady of Peace have an appeal pending and are hoping Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Vatican will hear their prayers.

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