WNY Catholic News

The Diocese of Buffalo welcomed its first transitional deacon from Africa on Sept. 27. The ordination of Daniel Ogbeifun marks a milestone for the diocese, but just another step on one man’s faith journey. read more...

This school year, St. Joseph School in Batavia will be one of the diocesan schools that has been selected to begin a new STREAM initiative. The acronym STREAM, which stands for science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics, is a modified version of the STEM initiative that is being implemented in many public school districts throughout the state of New York.

Holy Name Society to hold annual awards banquet
Friday, September 26, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

The Holy Name Society of the Diocese of Buffalo will honor three distinguished priests of the diocese at its annual awards banquet which will take place at Kiebzak’s Restaurant and Beginning Banquet Facilities in Sloan, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. with open bar at 5 p.m. and family-style dinner at 6 p.m., during which the Man of the Year Award and achievement awards will be presented.

Bishop Malone talks about his Holy Land pilgrimage
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by MARK CIEMCIOCH

Prayer is powerful, peace is possible and a non-military solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine are the key messages taken from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the surrounding area in mid-September. Bishop Richard J. Malone was one of 18 bishops who represented the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during an eight-day trip to the Holy Land through the Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Justice Perspective: Personal responsibility for justice
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by DEACON DON WEIGEL

We can often get frustrated in our mission to help create a more just and peaceful world. Sometimes it seems that injustice is beyond our personal involvement, or that some issue is too overwhelming or seems just plain unsolvable. 

Jesuit provinces announce merger
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

The Jesuit community in the United States has kicked off the first of several consolidations. On Friday, Sept. 19, the New York Province announced it will begin a merger with the New England Province. Father John Cecero, SJ, the newly appointed provincial for New York, will lead the new Northeast Province. 


Diocesan Disability Inclusion Team focuses on inclusion
Monday, September 22, 2014 by LAURA SEIL RUSZCZYK

The disability advocates in the Diocese of Buffalo has a new name. It is now the Disability Inclusion Team. Led by Dennis Mahaney, director of the Office of Evangelization and Parish Life, the group’s goal is to increase awareness and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo. This is done through opening doors, minds and hearts to change. 

Felician sister expresses faith through stained glass art
Friday, September 19, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

For one Felician sister, art is a way of expressing feelings, emotions and faith. Sister M. Ann Therese Kelly, CSSF, operates and sells stained glass artwork at her own studio, Illumination Stained Glass Studio, at Villa Maria Convent in Buffalo. Sister Ann Therese, also an art instructor, created stained glass windows found in six local buildings and schools, including Niagara University.

Adopt-a-Seminarian program expands as more schools participate
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

This school year, more children in diocesan schools will be given the chance to pray for the men who have chosen to devote their lives to serving God. The Adopt a Seminarian program, implemented in Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga in 2013-14, will be expanding to take place in more elementary schools, ideally all 35 of them, by the third week of September.

Cultural Diversity: The beginning of Catholic Hispanic History in Buffalo
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by MILAGROS RAMOS

The History of Hispanic Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo began in the Steel City in 1949 when Bishop John O’Hara was called to address the spiritual needs of the Spanish speaking people in Lackawanna. The numbers of the Spanish-speaking Mexicans in that area was increasing.