OLEAN, N.Y. -- An inaugural mass was held to formalize a church in Olean being designated as a minor basilica Thursday.
The church, The Basilica of St. Mary the Angels is on 119 West Henley Street in Olean.
The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, formalized the pope's designation of the Olean church as a Minor Basilica, the 83rd Minor Basilica in the United States. It's the third Basilica in Western New York.