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Upon This Rock surpasses $100 million goal
Tue, Nov 21st 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the diocesan Upon This Rock capital and endowment campaign has raised $107 million since February 2016, surpassing its goal of $100 million, thanks to the donations and efforts of 27,000 benefactors who gave gifts of varying sizes. The bishop made the announcement during a press conference Nov. 20.
A STREAM of learning opportunities at St. Peter School
Mon, Nov 20th 2017 09:00 am
LEWISTON — St. Peter School has been formally accepted into Cohort 4 of the Buffalo Diocese STREAM initiative. STREAM is an integrated approach to education that brings science, technology, religion, engineering, the arts and mathematics to all students in all grades. The goal is to better prepare students for successful careers in the 21st-century workforce in a field where jobs for recent graduates are in high demand.
St. Francis students build brotherhood
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 09:00 am
The word "brotherhood" is used a lot around St. Francis High School. The Athol Springs institution, steeped deep into Franciscan values, uses the term to describe the all-male student body. Where the teachers provide the education and the friars imbue the Franciscan values, it is up to the students themselves to support one another.
Diocese to begin implementing new faith formation curriculum
Thu, Nov 16th 2017 10:25 am
In September, the Diocese of Buffalo began implementing a new faith formation curriculum, "Forming Disciples." To prepare parish leadership for this transition, diocesan staff from the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation have visited over 155 parishes to discuss it and answer questions. Parishes are being supported to develop their own implementation plans, likely to spread out over two to three years, rather than a few months.
Dr. Dennis DePerro officially installed as St. Bonaventure University President
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 09:00 am
Considering it an "awesome privilege," Dr. Dennis R. DePerro was formally installed Friday afternoon as the 21st president of St. Bonaventure University.
St. Joe's announces fall production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
KENMORE — The St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Visual and Performing Arts Department is proud to announce the upcoming production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," written by Joseph Kesselring. The performances will take place in the Cullen Theater for the Arts at St. Joe's on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.
Diocesan schools receive donated computers via federal program
Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 10:00 am
A federal government program, Computers for Learning, enabled Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora and St. Mark School in Buffalo to receive updated computer labs. Last month, Roxanne Perry, technology teacher at Immaculate Conception, and Brian Brennan, technology coordinator at St. Mark's, spoke about the effects that these donations have had on the schools.
Seminary to host lecture on the Holocaust
Wed, Oct 25th 2017 09:00 am
EAST AURORA — A lecture on "Remembering the Holocaust: Continuing Ethical and Spiritual Challenges" will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Main Dining Room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road.
St. Joe's hosts STREAM training for Catholic school teachers
Wed, Oct 25th 2017 09:00 am
As they prepared for the start of the new school year, teachers from Catholic schools throughout the diocese met at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore for training on important elements of the STREAM initiative, focusing on the fields of science, technology, religion, engineering, art and mathematics. A total of 400 teachers from 30 schools came to the high school to learn more about 28 topics including STEM courses, tech courses, science lab courses and other aspects of the initiative, which has been well-received as a model in educating children to pursue promising career paths.
Upon This Rock to provide more tuition assistance
Fri, Oct 20th 2017 04:30 pm
Dozens of additional students in Western New York will receive tuition assistance to attend a Catholic school next year, thanks to the Upon This Rock campaign. Next September, about $250,000 is expected to be made available for tuition assistance as a first installment from the Upon This Rock capital campaign, which may eventually grant $600,000 in Catholic school tuition assistance per year.
D'Youville receives $100,000 state grant
Fri, Oct 6th 2017 10:00 am
Lorrie Clemo, president of D'Youville College, was joined Thursday, Oct. 5, by Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) to announce that the college has received a $100,000 state grant secured by Kennedy. The grant will support the $470,000 renovation of four floors of the college's Marguerite Hall, first constructed in 1966.
D'Youville College president aims to increase opportunity and access
Fri, Sep 29th 2017 01:00 pm
D'Youville College celebrated its first inauguration in 38 years at Kleinhans Music Hall on Sept. 29, marking a 'passing of the torch' from former president, Sister Denise Roche, GNSH, to Lorrie Clemo, Ph.D. Clemo has been serving in the role of D'Youville's president since last December, with plans to make the college a leader in developing health professional leaders. "That is our goal going forward," Clemo said.
Christ the King students go wild for STREAM
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
STREAM brings many elements into the classroom through partnerships with local cultural institutions. These partnerships allow students to both visit the wonderful institutions in the Western New York area and have them come into diocesan schools.
Vacation Bible School: Operation Arctic Adventure
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 11:30 am
NIAGARA FALLS — The week of Aug. 7-11 was a flurry of activity as the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Center was transformed into Snowflake Station. During Vacation Bible School Week, the program Operation Arctic Adventure was used, and over 35 children learned about the "coolest book on the planet," the Bible.
New research center focused on attention and learning
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 02:30 pm
ST. BONAVENTURE — A new research center at St. Bonaventure University will begin looking this fall at the cognitive impact of students bringing cell phones into the classroom.
Trocaire College adds brewing, distilling and fermentation program
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 02:00 pm
Trocaire College is pleased to announce its new Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science program, officially launching its first course on Sept. 20 under the Workforce Development arm of the college.
Annual fall campaign for Christ the King Seminary
Sat, Sep 16th 2017 08:00 am
EAST AURORA - The annual fall campaign for Christ the King Seminary will be held in September throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, with a goal of $350,000. President-Rector Father Joseph Gatto said funds raised will help support the seminary's mission to educate sponsored candidates for the priesthood, as well as permanent deacons, and religious and lay ministers enrolled in graduate programs. The campaign will also help focus attention on the many activities that take place at the seminary year-round.
St. Joe's open house scheduled for October
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 01:00 pm
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute is pleased to announce that its annual open house for prospective students and their families will take place on Sunday, October 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, October 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective students, currently in grades 5 through 8, and their families are welcome. No reservations are necessary.
Mount St. Mary students compete globally
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 10:00 am
Mount St. Mary Academy represented the United States in an international business competition this summer. Two teams from the Kenmore school's SAGE program went up against school-based businesses from 26 different countries as part of the SAGE World Cup. Both teams, representing for-profit and not-for-profit businesses took home fourth place awards.
Niagara Catholic celebrates 90-year 'tradition of excellence'
Fri, Sep 8th 2017 08:00 am
NIAGARA FALLS — This year, students at Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School will be learning about the many ways the world, and their own school, have changed since 1927. It's a creative way to mark how four different schools spanned nine decades of Catholic education on 66th Street.
St. Joe's University School leads way in whiteboard tech
Thu, Sep 7th 2017 09:00 am
Educational technology travels at lightning speed. Interactive whiteboards, which took classrooms by storm just a decade ago, have gone the way of the blackboard. The latest teaching tool is the LED touch screen.
St. Joseph University students get back into the rhythm
Wed, Sep 6th 2017 01:00 pm
After greeting students as they stepped off of school buses on Main Street in Buffalo Wednesday, Bishop Richard J. Malone went inside and joined some of them in a drum session on the first day of classes at St. Joseph University School.
St. Peter School experiences growth in enrollment
Tue, Sep 5th 2017 09:00 am
With enrollment trending downward in both public and private schools throughout Western New York, private school closings and district consolidations have become common. However, St. Peter School in Lewiston was able to buck this trend by increasing enrollment from a population in the 70s four years ago to a total of 198 students in the 2016-17 year, necessitating renovations to the school building.
There is much to applaud in our diocesan schools
Mon, Sep 4th 2017 09:00 am
As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, there is much to applaud. Our 2017 graduates garnered almost $4 million in high school scholarships, and our high school graduates secured over $300 million in college awards. We expect no less of the Class of 2018.
Cardinal O'Hara alumni design online collaboration program
Thu, Aug 31st 2017 09:50 am
TONAWANDA — Thomas Wilkie and Tim Adowski, Cardinal O'Hara High School class of 2010, returned to the school earlier this year to demonstrate Storillo, an online program that facilitates student collaboration on group projects, which they developed.
St. John's School dedicates memorial to beloved teacher
Tue, Aug 29th 2017 08:00 am
KENMORE — St. John the Baptist School recently dedicated the Elaine Cambria Memorial Signpost in honor of a beloved teacher who spent most of her 37-year career teaching kindergarten at the school and passed away earlier this year. Faculty and students presented the dedication in conjunction with the annual kindergarten play, a tradition that Cambria had initiated decades ago. Her son John and granddaughter Hannah represented the family at the ceremony.
NU to participate in New York Enhanced Tuition Award Program
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 03:40 pm
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — Niagara University has announced that it will participate in New York state's Enhanced Tuition Award program, the tuition assistance program for private colleges and university students available under the state's Excelsior Scholarship legislation.
Villa Maria College to construct new gymnasium
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 03:00 pm
Villa Maria College has begun construction to expand its existing athletic facilities.
For most Americans, parochial school education outshines public schools
Fri, Aug 25th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Parochial schools are better at their task than public schools, say respondents to a survey of Americans' attitudes towards varieties of schooling.
New Niagara University students to move in
Wed, Aug 23rd 2017 12:00 pm
Niagara University will welcome its freshmen and transfer students to campus during Move-In Day on Friday, Aug. 25, beginning at 8 a.m.
St. Bonaventure prepares to welcome incoming students
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 09:00 am
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Aug. 15, 2017 — Students who are new to the Bona family will begin arriving at St. Bonaventure University Aug. 24 for Welcome Days 2017, a four-day program hosted the weekend before classes begin.
The Teacher's Desk provides free school supplies for education
Tue, Aug 8th 2017 09:00 am
While teachers who work in any diocesan Catholic schools often feel the pinch of budgetary concerns, this becomes even more of a concern in low-income areas where students' families find it difficult to afford school supplies, requiring teachers to buy them. However, thanks to the efforts of a retired autoworker and substitute teacher, The Teacher's Desk, located just off of Main Street in the city of Buffalo, has let teachers in eligible schools in Western New York shop for donated supplies free of charge since 2011.
Buffalo duo help schools paddle through STREAM
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
The Buffalo Diocese' STREAM program has proven to be a model of education for the nation. Representatives from Buffalo led a two-day conference to teach other educators how to make the tech program work in their schools. Jean Comer, diocesan STREAM coordinator, and Shelly Reidy, diocesan professional development coordinator, traveled to Chicago's Loyola University to explain and demonstrate how to deliver the principles of STREAM education to the classrooms, school or diocese.
St. Greg's STREAM is something to shout about
Thu, Jul 27th 2017 02:00 pm
WILLIAMSVILLE — It has been an exciting year for STREAM at St. Gregory the Great School. St. Greg's has adopted the STREAM culture implementing, and building onto, much of the initiative curriculum. Teachers are planning their teaching around core principles of collaboration through interdisciplinary lessons and hands-on learning experiences, especially through use of the engineering design process.
US Bishops provide aid to Albania and Eastern Ukraine
Thu, Jul 27th 2017 09:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved over $4.8 million in funding for 206 projects in 22 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
St. Gregory the Great School welcomes new principal
Mon, Jul 24th 2017 10:15 am
St. Gregory the Great Parish & School is excited to welcome Mrs. Julie Gajewski as the new School Principal. Mrs. Gajewski joins St. Gregory's after serving as Principal of the Intermediate Education Center, a school that serves Grades 3-5 in the Lewiston-Porter Central School District.
New grant allows Niagara senior to examine tourism
Sat, Jul 22nd 2017 06:00 am
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — A new research grant will allow a Niagara University senior to determine why Niagara Falls may lag behind comparable stateside tourist destinations when it comes to eradicating poverty and growing its tourism economy.
Congo family receives St. John's Helping Hands
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 03:00 pm
A family from Congo, Africa received many helping hands from the students, parents, and faculty of St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. Under the guidance of James Werick, the school's Dean of Discipline, students collected furniture, household items, clothing, and food to help settle the family of four. "Our students performed a wonderful act of kindness for a young family who has nothing and is fleeing unimaginable hardship, desperately seeking a new life in our country," states Werick. "This project helped in a very substantial way—working to create a welcoming home for our family."
Canisius College shows students how to 'Light' the way for city's growth
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 02:00 pm
Canisius College hosted a weeklong immersion experience for high school students to expose them to the wonders of faith and tragedies of injustice in the city of Buffalo. The Be the Light Youth Theology Institute welcomed 10 students from July 10-15.
Talty Memorial Scholarship awarded at St. John's School
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 02:00 pm
KENMORE — The Briana Talty Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded at St. John the Baptist School in honor of Briana Talty, the school's Spanish teacher, who passed away earlier this year. Families and friends of both St. John's and Talty established a memorial scholarship to honor the beloved teacher. Talty's parents and members of her family joined St. John the Baptist's principal, Cynthia Jacobs, at the ceremony to present the scholarship awards to the recipients, eighth-grader Alyssa Barnum and seventh-grader Colin Richey.