SUN VIDEO: One of Geneseo’s Oldest Churches Turns 150

GENESEO – St. Michael's Church was standing on Main Street before the bear fountain went in. It was there before the county courthouse was built, and before the construction of the Wadsworth Normal School, which would become SUNY Geneseo. Since then, its appearance has been virtually unchanged. The stone and iron work inside is all original and besides the installation of a new cross on its steeple following three unfortunate lightning … [Read more...]

SUN VIDEO: Anonymous Donors Restore 50-Year-Old Church Organ in Geneseo

GENESEO – Anonymous donors completely funded an extensive renovation of the nearly 50-year-old pipe organ at St. Michael's Church. Breaking into the two-story, 2,000-pipe instrument revealed what Organist and Choirmaster Fr. Mitch Bush called 'pages and pages' of problems that had been altering the organ's sound for years. The task then fell to organ technician Tim Smith to repair and restore the organ's every inch. After months of … [Read more...]

SUN VIDEO: ‘RKids’ Backs Geneseo’s Bright, Low-Income Schoolkids

GENESEO – Kids in low-income housing areas are welcome to a community-driven after school program at St. Michael's Church. Rev. William Daniel Jr. says that 'RKids' started a year ago as the brainchild of local resident Tom Bushnell and has since blossomed into a partnership between the church, Geneseo Central School and SUNY Geneseo. Geneseo Central School counselor Beki Kaye, AmeriCorps VISTA Jessie Gyr, and many college interns hang out … [Read more...]

St. Michael’s Church Offers Healing Ceremony for Geneseo’s Grieving Families

GENESEO – The Village of Geneseo will gather to heal in memory of Kelsey Annese, Matthew Hutchinson, and Colin Kingston on Monday. According to the Rev. Dr. William O. Daniel, Jr., Rector at St. Michael's, all are welcome to attend a church service by the clergy of several churches from the area at the church at 23 Main Street, on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. "We continue in prayer for all the families affected by the tragedy in our village," said … [Read more...]

Strikes from Heaven Deliver Cross to St. Michael’s

GENESEO – After the cross atop St. Michael's Church was struck by lightning for a third time, the church had a new cross set atop its steeple, and, taking a hint from the heavens, a lightning rod. Josh Lewis with Clark Bono Roofing Inc. says he was shaking as he secured the 250-pound granite cross to the 80-foot steeple while operating the Genie bucket lift. "My legs were shaking up there," said Lewis. "At one point I was holding onto the … [Read more...]