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Seminarian brings medical background to Pro-Life Office
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 09:00 am
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of the moral vision of society. Kevin Upendran, a student of Christ the King seminary studying for the priesthood in Hamilton, Ontario, has seriously considered that idea. He holds a medical degree and has met with several women who did not see new life as such an important thing.
Sister Timothy 'turned the lights on in Buffalo'
Tue, Nov 13th 2018 11:00 am
Sitting in the office of NativityMiguel Middle School, Sister Timothy Howard, OSP, reminds her students to say, "Excuse me" as they come in for a hall pass. Sister Timothy has taught in Buffalo for nearly 50 years. She is now one of only two Oblate Sisters of Providence in the Diocese of Buffalo.
School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate 185 years
Thu, Oct 25th 2018 12:00 pm
The School Sisters of Notre Dame, an international congregation of over 2,500 women religious in 32 countries on five continents, are celebrating 185 years of faithful service since their foundation in 1833. Their mission, to deepen communion with God and among all people, is lived out in ministries focused on education. The sisters educate with a world vision believing that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. Through their educational ministries the sisters have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families.
New vicar general begins serving diocese, other new pastors named
Tue, Oct 23rd 2018 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Father Peter J. Karalus as the new vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Buffalo. A vicar general acts as deputy of the bishop, exercising administrative authority through the diocese.
Fifteen men ordained to the diaconate
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 09:00 am
Under the shadow of intense criticism of diocesan leadership, a Catholic congregation from all over Western New York came together at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna to witness the celebration of the ordination of 15 men to the order of the diaconate on Saturday, Sept. 15.
New clergy assignments announced throughout the diocese
Wed, Aug 22nd 2018 09:10 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Father Mark J. Noonan pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park for a term of six years, effective Sept. 1. Father Noonan had been serving since May as vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Buffalo after leaving St. Mary Parish in Holley and St. Mark Parish in Kendall where he had been pastor since 2010. Since his ordination in 2007, he has also served as parochial vicar at St. Amelia, Tonawanda, and Nativity of Our Lord, Orchard Park.
Mercedarian friars celebrate 800th year
Thu, Aug 9th 2018 03:00 pm
The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy also known as the Mercedarian Friars, the religious community that staffs the parishes of Our Lady of Mercy in Le Roy and St. Brigid's in Bergen, celebrates its 800th Anniversary this year.
Father Swiatek to celebrate golden jubilee
Tue, Jul 24th 2018 11:00 am
Father Nicholas Swiatek, OFM Conv., will celebrate his 50th anniversary of ordination on Sunday, July 29 with a Mass of Thanksgiving at Resurrection Church in Cheektowaga at 2 p.m.
Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels welcomes new pastor/rector for linked parish
Mon, Jul 23rd 2018 09:00 am
An historical moment will take place on August 1 as Father Patrick Melfi will become the ninth resident pastor (in 142 years) and the second rector of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Also starting on that day, a new linked configuration of three local parishes will take place, effectively joining under the leadership of shared clergy the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angles of Olean, St. John the Evangelist Church of Olean (where Father Melfi serves as pastor), and St. Philomena Church of Franklinville (where Father Melfi recently assumed pastorship). A new Mass schedule for all three parishes will be announced in the coming weeks and will commence effective the weekend after Labor Day.
Bishop Malone appoints new College of Consultors
Mon, Jul 16th 2018 02:50 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed a new College of Consultors, a move that canon law states should happen every five years.
An evening of Catholic Lutheran dialogue
Thu, Jul 12th 2018 12:00 pm
On Wednesday evening, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the dining hall at Christ the King Seminary, Father Peter Drilling and Lutheran Pastors Tim Madsen and Daniel Hoffman will discuss and share about the 500th Commemoration of the Reformation and the ongoing Lutheran-Roman Catholic cooperative efforts.
Indian-born priest celebrates American citizenship
Tue, Jul 3rd 2018 12:50 pm
The message could not be missed. From the red, white and blue streamers to the American flag on Father George Devanapalle's T-shirt, everyone could tell he was proud to be an American, and his parish was proud to have him.
Hungarian 'Angel of Mercy' champion of Human Rights
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 09:00 am
The Sisters of Social Service in Hungary, embraced Benedictine spirituality, had a special devotion to the Holy Spirit and protected many from Nazi atrocities. Their foundress Sister Margaret Slachta is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.
Bishop Malone updates new clergy appointments
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 12:00 pm
Three parish priests have received a third six-year term appointment by Bishop Richard J. Malone and two deacons have been given new assignments.
Bemus Point native makes perpetual vows as Daughter of St. Paul
Tue, Jun 19th 2018 01:00 pm
'It's been a journey', in her own words, for Sister Emily Beata Marsh, who will make her perpetual profession of vows as a Daughter of St. Paul on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bemus Point. The 31 year old grew up in the community along Chautauqua Lake, where she has fond memories of biking and playing soccer.
Missionary Sisters of St. Columban meet in diocese
Thu, Jun 14th 2018 08:00 am
The new leadership team for the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban visited the Diocese of Buffalo this spring on a three-week fact finding trip. The sisters serve in cross-cultural missions, live in community, and commit themselves to helping the poor and marginalized. The four-member team is traveling to all the areas where the congregation serves. The next stop is Britain before going to Asia. Thirteen sisters live in Silver Creek, their only American province.
Centenarian sister 'saved' by O'Hara High students
Mon, Jun 11th 2018 01:05 pm
What started as a scary event for a 100-year-old sister, turned out to have a heroic happy ending.
Father Vacco named chair of Communication Campaign
Wed, Jun 6th 2018 02:00 pm
If you've visited Daybreak TV's YouTube channel, you may have seen Father James Vacco, OFM, deliver a reflection on the day's Gospel reading or cooking up Thanksgiving dinner on an episode of "Our Daily Bread." Perhaps you've read about his thoughts on Easter in the Western New York Catholic newspaper. Soon, you will hear him speak about the Office of Communications. The pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany has been named the honorary chairperson for this year's Catholic Communication Campaign, an annual collection to support national and local communication needs in the Church.
Happiness at Ordination Mass
Mon, Jun 4th 2018 02:00 pm
Smiles were seen throughout St. Joseph Cathedral Saturday, June 2, as Bishop Richard J. Malone ordained four new priests into the Diocese of Buffalo on Saturday, June 2. Relive the journey of these men in our new photo gallery.
Buffalo welcomes four new priests to diocese
Sat, Jun 2nd 2018 01:00 pm
They all took different paths to the priesthood. One came from Nigeria. Another was a middle-aged computer engineer.
Having seen the world, Santandreu will serve Buffalo
Fri, Jun 1st 2018 10:00 am
In preparation for the priesthood, Deacon Peter J. Santandreu took a lap around the world. The 30-year-old who is being ordained June 2, flew to Argentina, Poland and Bangkok for educational and ministerial experiences.
Former computer engineer to join priesthood in June
Thu, May 31st 2018 11:00 am
Of the four men being ordained to the priesthood this June, Gerard Skrzynski has the most, let's say, life experience. The 54-year-old has spent 25 years in the workforce as a computer engineer and homeowner. He now plans on taking a radically different course of life.
Father Wolski placed on administrative leave
Thu, May 31st 2018 08:00 am
After receiving an abuse complaint against Rev. Mark J. Wolski, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Wolski on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Olean native realizes childhood dream at ordination
Wed, May 30th 2018 09:00 am
Deacon Paul S. Cygan, a fourth-year theology major at Christ the King Seminary, says he first began thinking about becoming a priest when he was 7 years old. "It was a simple realization," he recalled. "I thought, 'Priests are not born priests. That means I can be a priest someday. Yes, I think that sounds like a good idea.'"
From Africa to Buffalo, Deacon Bassey is now where he belongs
Tue, May 29th 2018 10:00 am
The road to priesthood can be long and winding, as it was for Peter N. Bassey, who began his journey in his native Africa. But, a few encounters in ministry have shown him that the Diocese of Buffalo is where he is supposed to be. The 30-year-old will be ordained to the priesthood on June 2.
Four men to be ordained to priesthood, livestream available
Fri, May 25th 2018 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will have the honor of ordaining four men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 2. The special Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Daybreak TV Productions, the television entity of the Diocese of Buffalo, will provide a livestream and replay of the ordination which can be viewed or shared on their YouTube channel @DaybreakTV.
Msgr. Juenker remembered
Thu, May 24th 2018 10:00 am
When Msgr. Paul R. Juenker died on Feb. 8 of this year, at age 97, he was the oldest priest in the Diocese of Buffalo. According to those who knew him best, he may have also been the most beloved priest in the diocese.
Retirement caps off boyhood dream of being a priest
Tue, May 22nd 2018 10:00 am
How many kids would celebrate a pretend Mass and hand out Necco wafers to their younger siblings as Communion? "I'd keep all the chocolate ones for myself," said Msgr. David S. Slubecky. "I was just drawn to the idea of being able to celebrate Mass and be involved with people in a parish."
Bishop Malone appoints new vicar general
Wed, May 16th 2018 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that, effective June 1, Father Mark J. Noonan, will assume the duties of vicar general and moderator of the curia. Msgr. David S. Slubecky, who has held the office since 2005, will retire June 1.
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus change indentifying initals
Tue, May 15th 2018 03:00 pm
What's in a name? Or initials for that matter?
Four men to be ordained diocesan priests June 2
Mon, May 7th 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will have the honor of ordaining four men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 2. The special Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The new priests, who were ordained deacons in September, are Rev. Mr. Peter Nsa Bassey, Rev. Mr. Paul Stanislaw Cygan, Rev. Mr. Peter Santandreu and Rev. Mr. Gerard Skrzynski. Each of the men will graduate from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, on May 11 with a master of divinity degree.
Bishop Malone visits two local prisons
Wed, May 2nd 2018 04:00 pm
Bishop Richard Malone celebrated Mass in Spanish Tuesday afternoon with a group of about 600 detainees inside the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. Many of the detainees are serving time for immigration violations. His visit was inspired by Matthew 25:37 "I was in prison and you visited me."
Father Zajac among those to be honored by SBU
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 01:40 pm
Three outstanding community members devoted to making a positive difference in Western New York will be honored May 2 at St. Bonaventure University's Gaudete Medal Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo.
Franciscan Center closing after three decades of service
Wed, Apr 4th 2018 10:00 am
Since 1980, the red brick house at the intersection of Seneca Street and Roanoke Parkway in South Buffalo has offered safe haven to more than 4,000 runaway and homeless young men from Western New York to China. For most of those years, Father Joseph Bayne, OFM Conv, served as The Center's Executive Director. In that role, he successfully oversaw a "tough love" program of independent living skills that earned recognition in publications as exalted as the New York Times. According to the respected friar, that dedication to excellence is what has compelled him to close the ministry's doors.
Bishop Malone reminds 'Church in crisis' about a 'graced opportunity'
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 10:00 pm
At the annual Chrism Mass, at St. Joseph Cathedral Tuesday, Bishop Richard Malone told hundreds in attendance that the Catholic community is in the throes of crisis, but that it presents what he called a "graced opportunity to lift ourselves beyond tragedy and to heroic heights."
Longtime chancellor named pastor of Snyder parish
Mon, Mar 26th 2018 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named longtime chancellor Msgr. Paul A. Litwin pastor of Christ the King Parish, Snyder, for a term of six years.
Sisters of Mercy celebrate 160 years in diocese
Mon, Mar 12th 2018 03:10 pm
On Feb. 11, 1858, four Sisters of Mercy joined Bishop John Timon, first bishop of Buffalo, on a journey from Rochester to St. Bridget Parish in the old First Ward of Buffalo. On Feb. 10, the Sisters of Mercy celebrated the 160th anniversary of their arrival, gathering at Mercy Center in Buffalo to share this special time with each other, associates, co-workers and friends of the community.
Laywoman appointed pastoral administrator of Alden parish
Mon, Feb 12th 2018 02:00 pm
A full Church witnessed history on Feb. 11 as Deborah Brown became the first layperson installed as pastoral administrator in the Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Richard J. Malone installed Brown at St. John the Baptist Parish in Alden during the 11 a.m. Mass.
Bishop appoints first lay woman as pastoral administrator
Thu, Feb 8th 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named the first lay woman to lead a pastoral team at a parish.