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Buffalo hosts Franciscan Federation Conference
Tue, Jun 20th 2017 08:15 am
Franciscans from all corners of the nation arrived in Buffalo to be inspired and enlightened at the annual Franciscan Federation Conference. Over 250 sisters, brothers, priests, and a few seculars who have answered the Third Order Regular call gathered at the Adam's Mark in downtown Buffalo for the weekend beginning June 16.
Father Charles Zadora loved being a priest
Mon, Jun 19th 2017 09:00 am
Father Charles Zadora has a pretty low-key outlook of his 50 years as a priest.
Bishop names new rector for St. Joseph Cathedral
Wed, Jun 14th 2017 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced several clergy assignments including naming a new rector for St. Joseph Cathedral.
Daybreak works with Catholic Center departments to evangelize
Fri, Jun 9th 2017 03:00 pm
In its role in serving the Catholic Church in Buffalo, Daybreak TV Productions, part of the Office of Communications' job is to ensure it distributes not just entertainment, but accurate information about the Catholic faith to audiences. Since videographers, producers and others in the field of communications are laypeople and usually not as well versed in theology as clergy and men and women religious, this has led to collaboration between Daybreak staff and other departments in the Catholic Center.
Communications chairperson delivers message via Facebook
Wed, Jun 7th 2017 10:00 am
There are two sides to Father Jeffrey Nowak. Not quite Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, more like Father Jeff and Captain Facebook. Both have the same purpose - to deliver the word of God. That is why the diocesan Office of Communications has named him honorary chairperson of the Catholic Communication Campaign.
Smiles at 2017 Ordination Mass
Mon, Jun 5th 2017 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone said he never sees as many smiles as he does during an Ordination Mass. You can see why in our new photo gallery covering the ordination of four new priests.
A 'Day of Joy' for four new priests
Sat, Jun 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed a crowd of nearly one thousand at St. Joseph Cathedral Saturday morning by noting that he rarely sees so many smiles in church as on the day of an ordination. On this day, he placed his hands upon the heads for men as he said the ordination prayer making them priests of Jesus Christ forever.
St. Gregory the Great celebrates Father Biernat's anniversary
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
The congregation of St. Gregory the Great Parish invites everyone to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Pastor Father Leon J. Biernat on Sunday, June 4, at the 12:30 p.m. Mass at St. Gregory's. Following Mass there will be a reception held in the Ministry Center and Parish grounds.
After years in Protestant churches, Cole Webster to be ordained to priesthood
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 09:00 am
Cole Webster left a career in hotel hospitality to become a concierge for the Lord. The Buffalo native will be ordained to the priesthood June 3.
Ordination Class of 2017 answers the call
Tue, May 30th 2017 06:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) annual survey, 82 percent of the 2017 class of men ordained to the priesthood were encouraged by about four people in their lives including parish priests, friends or other parishioners. The report also says that ordinands were, on average, 16 years old when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood, and religious ordinands reported they knew the members of their religious institute an average of six years before entering.
Father Dennis W. Cleary marks 40 years as missioner
Mon, May 29th 2017 08:00 am
MARYKNOLL — Father Dennis W. Cleary, MM, of Buffalo, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, June 25. He is one of 21 Maryknollers to commemorate his ordination to the priesthood or Final Oath as a Maryknoll Brother in ceremonies to be held at the Maryknoll Mission Center in Ossining.
Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities serve as sisters to all
Fri, May 26th 2017 02:00 pm
"Rooted in the Gospel we are sisters to all, serving with reverence, justice and compassion." The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have expressed this mission statement in many ways since the congregation's beginnings in Philadelphia in 1855. While the ways that we live and minister have adapted to the changing needs of the world and the Church over the past 162 years, our mission has remained strong.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast May 28
Thu, May 25th 2017 07:00 am
An interview from October 1996 with National Circus Chaplain, Father Jerry Hogan.
Native of Nigeria among men to be ordained in June
Wed, May 24th 2017 12:00 pm
On June 3, a native of Nigeria will be ordained alongside three other men at St. Joseph Cathedral, when the Diocese of Buffalo will welcome its newest priests to its fold. Currently serving as a transitional deacon, Robert Agbo, who came to the United States and settled in Buffalo in 2013, said he is looking forward to being able to serve God's people in this diocese and celebrate Mass with them in his ministry.
Father Wolski celebrates a diverse 50 years in ministry
Fri, May 19th 2017 08:00 am
The priesthood is not only in the heart of Father Mark Wolski, it's also in his bloodline. He and his cousin, Father Daniel Fiebelkorn, will celebrate 125 combined years of the clerical vocation for the Wolski family this year.
Convocation of Catholic leaders scheduled for July
Fri, May 19th 2017 08:00 am
This summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening an unprecedented gathering of diverse leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from across the country to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. An ongoing initiative of the Bishops' Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person, the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, will assemble Catholic leaders in Orlando, Florida for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.
Luke Uebler can't wait to serve God's people
Wed, May 17th 2017 09:00 am
Deacon Luke Uebler, just a month before being ordained a priest to the Diocese of Buffalo, introduced himself as a "Renaissance Man." Articulate and intelligent, the 26-year-old seems to have the credentials of a person who spans genres of interest.
Bishop Malone to ordain four men to priesthood
Tue, May 16th 2017 01:05 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will ordain Rev. Mr. Robert Ikpe Agbo, Rev. Mr. Martin F. Gallagher, Rev. Mr. Luke P. Uebler and Rev. Mr. Cole T. Webster to the priesthood at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo at 9:30 a.m. June 3. Each of the deacons graduated from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, on May 12 with a master's degree in divinity.
South Buffalo native prepares for priestly ordination in June
Wed, May 10th 2017 09:00 am
A South Buffalo native will be among the four men ordained to the priesthood on June 3 at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. Transitional Deacon Martin Gallagher, who attended high school and college in Western New York before studying theology at Christ the King Seminary, reflected on his strong Catholic upbringing and the factors that led to his decision to become a diocesan priest.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast May 7
Sat, May 6th 2017 07:00 am
Eileen Warner from Christ the King Saminary is joined by Father David Munoz, OMI, who serves as an instructor in their Hispanic Pastoral Institute Certificate program.
Bishop Malone makes new diaconate assignment
Mon, May 1st 2017 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the new assignment of Deacon Brian C. Walkowiak to diaconal ministry at Infant of Prague Parish, Cheektowaga. His appointment was effective April 1.
These men are ready to become priests
Thu, Apr 27th 2017 02:00 pm
In about a month, the Diocese of Buffalo is set to welcome four new priests, as Transitional Deacons Robert Agbo, Martin Gallagher, Cole Webster and Luke Uebler will be ordained by Bishop Richard J. Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Saturday, June 3. Peak into the lives of these men as they prepare to take the final step of their journey to the priesthood in our new photo gallery.
Bishop welcomes priests, religious and community members to Chrism Mass
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 02:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo continued a time-honored Holy Week tradition that renewed the promises of all diocesan priests and enabled Bishop Richard J. Malone to prepare sacred oils for use in sacraments throughout the diocese. The Chrism Mass, held at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo April 11, also included the participation of "The Elect," soon-to-be Catholics initiated later in the week.
Bishop's secretary incorporates exercise, self-discipline
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 03:00 pm
In the Lenten season, the Catholic faith emphasizes the importance of self-denial, discipline and a sense of planning and preparing oneself for the future. However, Father Ryszard Biernat, who serves as secretary to Bishop Richard J. Malone, strives to live these in his life all year long through vigorous workouts, a strong will and devotion to his spiritual life that came from his desire to make sure he is healthier.
Bringing the faithful flock together, one mile at a time
Tue, Mar 28th 2017 02:50 pm
In its next commercial for the Ford Escape, Ford Motor Corporation might want to consider making Father Dennis Mancuso the spokesman for the small sport utility vehicle. It's the vehicle he uses to cover 400 square miles of Allegany County on a regular basis.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast March 26
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 08:00 am
The Pre-Theology program at Christ the King Seminary.
St. Greg's to hold Lenten retreat with Father Bayne
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 08:00 am
WILLIAMSVILLE — Come and give God your time. During Lent, prepare yourself and your families to grow in holiness. Set aside the time and listen for the ways in which God is calling to you to join Him for three nights.
Priest to observe golden jubilee
Wed, Mar 8th 2017 09:00 am
Father William R. Bigelow, retired pastor of the Diocese of Buffalo, will celebrate his Golden Anniversary of ordination to the priesthood this March. Father Bigelow was ordained a priest by Bishop Paulus Rausch at St. Paul's Church in Innsbruck, Austria on March 11, 1967.
Sisters Week highlights the roots of the mission
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 08:00 am
To shine a spotlight on the profound impact of Catholic sisters in our communities and around the world, and in conjunction with National Women's History Month, the third annual National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will be held March 8-14. National Catholic Sisters Week is supported by a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is headquartered at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.
Bishop Malone gives new assignments to three deacons
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced new assignments for Deacons David H. Harvey, Joseph A. Pasquella and Thaddeus V. Pijacki.
This deacon is on the road to priesthood
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
The priestly formation process, for me, has been about developing a larger theological and ministerial toolbox.
Retired priest receives Clarence Chamber of Commerce award
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 10:00 am
Msgr. Frederick D. Leising, a retired diocesan priest, will receive the Clarence Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achiever of the Year Award. The chamber's 2017 awards dinner will take place at 6 p.m., on March 2, at Samuel's Grande Manor in Clarence, where Msgr. Leising will receive his award along with others from the area.
Serra Club reaches out to parents of those considering priesthood
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 08:00 am
When intending to provide the best assistance to discerners, especially to those of high school age, it has become clear to me that family members, especially parents, play a large part. In many cases, parents have been of tremendous help on their sons' vocational journey, and much appreciation is due to them. Sometimes, when a high school student musters up enough courage to share that he is feeling a call to priesthood, the parents are stopped in their tracks. This surprise can be followed by a number of possible reactions.
Father Jost named pastor
Sun, Feb 5th 2017 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Father Edward "Ted" F. Jost Jr. pastor of St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Hamburg, for a term of six years, effective Jan 1. Father Jost had been serving as the parish administrator there since September 2015.
Diocesan representatives discuss World Day for Consecrated Life
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 04:00 pm
Since 1997, when St. John Paul II declared the first World Day for Consecrated Life, the global Catholic Church has set aside a specific day each year to pray for men and women who have chosen to dedicate their lives to service in the Church. Each year, it falls on Feb. 2, the date of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and in 2017, diocesan parishes will be celebrating the special occasion on Feb. 4 and 5.
Funeral plans set for Sister Ruth Penksa
Thu, Dec 29th 2016 11:00 am
After devoting most of her life to spreading God's word in schools and in her own books, Sister Ruth Penksa, a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart, has died from injuries sustained in a fire. Sister Ruth was rescued on Dec. 20 from a fire in her high rise apartment on Hertel Avenue. She was rushed to the Erie County Medical Center suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. She remained in the Burn Treatment Unit of ECMC for more than a week before passing on the morning of Dec. 28. She was the only one seriously injured in the fire.
Father Nycz named new pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tonawnada
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone recently announced the following clergy assignments.
Joy to the World
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 03:30 pm
Bishop Richard Malone talks about the joy of Christmas and mentions Christmas TV Masses available for those who are home bound.
Bishop Malone delivers Meals on Wheels, encourages volunteerism
Tue, Dec 20th 2016 01:00 pm
During the Christmas season, a tradition has developed in which Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Ryszard Biernat join Meals on Wheels to visit numerous clients during meal delivery. For the fourth year, the pair were eagerly received by clients who wanted to share a prayer and receive Holy Communion. Each client also received a hand-made card and ornament created by children through a local religious education program.
Msgr. Lorenzetti tackles the hereafter in his latest book
Tue, Dec 20th 2016 11:00 am
"The Tibetan Book of the Dead," believed to be the work of eighth-century Buddhist master Padma Sambhava, is designed to be read to a person who has died to prepare the soul for reincarnation. In a similar vein, Msgr. Dino Lorenzetti, a retired priest from the Diocese of Buffalo, has written "Addio: See You in Heaven," which serves as a guide to prepare the living for heaven.