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"Consider this ... Plight of Christians in Iraq"
Friday, August 15, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions


Plight of Christians in Iraq

Remembering the moments when God was present
Monday, August 11, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Remembering the highs and lows of your life, and reflecting on how God was with you even then, was the theme of Bishop Richard J. Malone’s homily Sunday morning, as he celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Bishop Malone recalled attending a retreat when he was instructed to take a piece of paper with a line drawn across it – meant to represent a person’s timeline – and find a quiet place to think about his life.

“(The retreat director) wanted us as an assignment to go to a quiet place for a while and prayerfully think back as far back as we could to our own lives, our own personal histories, and try to remember and identify those moments; those events, those experiences when in hindsight, only looking back, that we can now see that God is very much present and involved in our lives,” Bishop Malone said. “An involvement that most often, at least in my life, that I was probably not aware of at the time, but looking back through the perspective of many years, you see these many moments in our lives that are ‘Aha!’ moments.”

"Consider this ... Statues"
Friday, August 08, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions


National Religious Retirement Office Gives $24 Million to Orders in Need
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Washington—The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed more than $24 million in financial assistance to 424 religious communities in June and July. The funds were made possible by the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, which was held in the majority of U.S. Catholic parishes last December. The collection raised nearly $28.4 million and benefits some 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders.

Catholic bishops in the United States launched the Retirement Fund for Religious in 1988 to address the profound deficit in retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. The NRRO coordinates the annual collection and distributes the proceeds to eligible communities. The organization is sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Traditionally, Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests – known collectively as women and men religious – served for small stipends that did not include retirement benefits. As a result, many religious communities now lack adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Allocations from the Retirement Fund for Religious supplement a community’s income and retirement savings.

USCCB Chairman Calls on President Obama, Central American Presidents to Protect Children & Families
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, today called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region. On July 25, Presidents Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras are slated to meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss the current humanitarian challenge.

“The leaders should focus upon the protection of these children and families, as they are charged with as the heads of their nations,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Instead of cooperating on intercepting them and sending them back to dangerous situations, they should work together to protect them from those dangers, including providing them asylum in neighboring countries and in the United States.”

“Over the long-term,” Bishop Elizondo said, “a strategy must be devised to address the violence and lack of opportunity in the countries of Central America. Specific attention should be paid to helping at-risk youth remain safe and access opportunity at home,” he said.

Hobby Lobby and ENDA
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Archbishops Salvatore J. Cordileone, William Lori & Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard J. Malone

The Washington Post reported July 8 that the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups were no longer supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The reason, said the executive director of one of the lead organizations: the Hobby Lobby decision opens the door for private companies to determine that “LGBT people are not equal…and fire them.”

But the Hobby Lobby decision does no such thing. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was an application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which requires that, if the federal government wants to impose a “substantial burden” on the religious exercise of its citizens, it must prove that the burden serves a “compelling government interest” and does so by the means “least restrictive” of religious exercise.

The decision was the Court’s recognition that in the case of the HHS contraceptive mandate the government failed to use the “least restrictive means” of providing coverage for certain contraceptives. The Court deliberately said nothing about whether the government had a “compelling interest” in requiring that coverage. In any event, the current debate about ENDA does not focus on its interplay with RFRA, but instead on whether ENDA itself should have any exemption for religious employers – as all prior versions have – and if so, how broad it should be.

Recent clergy announcements
Sunday, July 13, 2014 by Chancery

Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that Father Innocent Onwukwe Diala has been appointed administrator of Mary Immaculate Parish, East Bethany and Pavilion, for a term of five years. Also, Father John Staak, OMI, a religious order priest, has been appointed to a full-time faculty position and member of the Formation Team at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.

The bishop also announced the first diaconal assignments for the newly ordained permanent deacons. Each assignment is for a term of three years.

Deacon Paul H. Bork has been assigned to diaconal ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Tonawanda, and a ministry of charity at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo.

Deacon Charles D. Esposito has been assigned to diaconal ministry at SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Williamsville, and a ministry of charity at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville.

Bishop Malone observes Fortnight, Rosary Novena for Life
Saturday, June 28, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

An early Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish in North Buffalo celebrated two important tenants of the American Catholic faith, as Bishop Richard J. Malone observed the Fortnight for Freedom and Rosary Novena for Life Saturday morning.

During his homily, Bishop Malone noted the similarities in both issues, calling abortion “an erosion of the broad, common commitment to the right for life. It’s unthinkable that we have that now. Along with that, we face challenges to our right of religious liberty.”


St. Anthony Mausoleum and Chapel

Phase three of the chapel mausoleum complex at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheektowaga was completed on June 21, when Bishop Richard J. Malone presided over the Mass and dedication of the St. Anthony Chapel Mausoleum.

“This blessing today of this beautiful mausoleum is really a celebration of one of the most glorious truths of our Christian faith – the Creed,” Bishop Malone said during his homily.  “What we proclaim every single Sunday culminations of the proclamation of the resurrection of the dead on the last day and life everlasting.” read more...
Bishop Malone ordains eight to permanent diaconate
Saturday, June 14, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone with new deacons














Joy filled St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Saturday (June 14, 2014) as nearly 1,000 priests, permanent deacons, family and friends gathered for the imposition of hands by Bishop Richard J. Malone, as eight men were ordained to the Holy Order of Deacon for the Diocese of Buffalo.

Prior to the Mass, Bishop Malone met with each deacon and his wife, welcoming them to their ministry giving them their assignments, which include a parish and a ministry of charity.  The newest members of the clergy and their assignments.