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  1. Mike C
    January 28, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    This is another great piece of writing about something that very few people know about.
    For this man to do what his vision led him to do, is something grand.
    Not many people today would follow through on something like this.
    And yes there are some people who do have the bathtub versions, but this is so much more.

    I looked at the street and shrine on Google Earth.
    What a neighborhood that must have been many years ago.
    From the street view in Google, the two buildings on either side of the shrine, look like what Mr. Battaglia’s must have looked like. A little store front and living quarters in back or upstairs.

    And then the brick building/house across the street from the shrine.
    With all that brick-work, I wonder if there was some connection between that place and Mr. Battaglia.

    Again, thank you guys for doing this and letting us all see what other people have known about and seen for years.

    • Chris
      January 29, 2013 @ 9:53 am

      Thanks Mike! Sorry your first comment didn’t make it to us, thanks for coming back and posting again. The sharing and feedback is appreciated!

  2. Nate
    June 27, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    The website for the Hydraulics neighborhood ends in .org NOT .com.

    • Chris
      June 27, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

      Great catch Nate. Thanks! I’ve updated the link.

  3. evelyn
    August 15, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I never knew the story of that shrine until now just reading your post. We would drive by it almost every Sunday on our way to my grandfathers house when he lived on Swan St. This was so long ago. I was just a little kid then, but remember seeing it as we drove by and always wondered what the story behind it was. Thank you for sharing it. It is inspiring.

    • Chris
      August 15, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

      What a great milestone on the ride to have a memory of! Glad you enjoyed reading this post Evelyn.

  4. Tom Dudzick
    August 27, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    That play you mention is now retitled, “Miracle on South Division Street” and, since its off-Broadway run, has garnered about 16 productions in theatres across the country, one of which just broke the box office record at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. It will be playing at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo in November of 2013. It will also be touring the provinces of Canada in the Spring of 2014.

    • Chris
      August 27, 2013 @ 9:12 am

      Awesome! Really glad to hear of the success of your work Tom. I’ll try to keep my eyes open for press on the upcoming show in Buffalo and share it to our Facebook page.

      • John Bugyi
        November 24, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

        Say the show last night. It was great as are all of the plays I have seen from Mr. Dudzick! Inspired us to drive by the shrine on Seneca Street this morning . . .

  5. Carol Cotroneo
    November 17, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    My Great grandfather was Joe Battaglia. He passed before I was born, however one of his daughters is still alive.

    I didn’t know of the play until today and I can’t wait to see it.

    Although I never met my Great Grandfather, our family carries on traditions that he has passed on to us.

    • Chris
      November 17, 2013 @ 8:10 pm


      You have fantastic timing!! One of Joe’s granddaughters got in touch with us, and just provided me with a bunch of pamphlets and stories. I’m going to be doing an update to the post soon!!

      Glad you found us here!

    • Richard j Perla
      July 18, 2022 @ 4:47 pm

      Hello Carol,
      My grandfather was Rosario Battaglia, who died in 1917. His wife, Santa Cugino Battaglia was survived by him. Do you know if your great grandfather had a brother named Roario, He was from Valledolmo, Sicily and came to the USA around 1902.

      My father married Grace Battaglia. My name is Richard Perla

  6. John Donohoe
    June 16, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    Great photos of the Our Lady of Seneca Street Shrine shrine! Could you please tell me how I might get permission to use one or two for my local Theatre, (see They are running the play in their 2014-15 season and I design their posters on a volunteer basis. Thank you,

    John Donohoe

  7. Michael Lascola
    October 6, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

    Iam very devoted to bless mother, I’ve been there this year,wonder if I could get info on who is current caretaker of it, and how to get in touch with interest is to help preserve what Mr battaglia started and carry on

    • Chris Clemens
      October 6, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

      Hi Michael. It’s been a few years since I’ve looked in to this story, but I believe the current caretaker is a man named Louis Batista who works in the building directly across the street from the shrine.

  8. Joyce Dengos
    March 15, 2021 @ 10:58 am

    Thanks for writing this article. I grew up at 798 as a small child. I would go by the shrine daily but wasn’t told what it represented. I’d see many people stop by and pray put envelopes in the slot. When I moved away years after the local tv station did a story. Set the town abuzz. Till this day you can see people stop by and pray like me. The neighborhood it’s located in is now called larkinville. Trendy and a lot of new buildings and retail surrounding her. I’m sure Mary is happy .