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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.
Auschwitz experience teaches students about humanity
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 02:15 pm
"Come here, you free citizen of the world, whose life is safeguarded by human morality and whose existence is guaranteed through law. I want to tell you how modern criminals and despicable murderers have trampled the morality of life and nullified the postulates of human existence." - Zalman Gradowski, murdered at Auschwitz, 1945. What a challenging invitation and a sobering reminder of the recurring power of evil.
A collection of Nativity
Tue, Dec 13th 2016 01:00 pm
As many families decorate their Christmas trees and set up their Nativity scenes underneath, Father Roy Herberger will be unboxing nearly 600 different versions of Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus at his parish, SS. Columba & Brigid Church in Buffalo.
Sister from Peru makes long distance connection
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 09:00 am
A young woman from Peru traveled nearly four thousand miles to profess her perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. The Eucharistic liturgy took place in the St. Mary of the Angels convent chapel in Williamsville on Saturday, December 10.
Annual collection supports eldercare needs of religious communities
Sat, Dec 10th 2016 07:00 am
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Buffalo. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office, the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack retirement savings.
Nothing will stop this Grey Nun from touching the lives of Catholics
Fri, Dec 9th 2016 12:00 pm
The patients huddled in the waiting room of Mercy Hospital in Buffalo had no idea of the effort made by the religious sister tending to their needs. Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, fought the Snowvember storm of 2014 to reach the hospital to fulfill her duty as a chaplain.
Sister of Mercy served as chief executive officer of Kenmore Mercy
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:00 am
Throughout her years of serving as a Sister of Mercy in the Diocese of Buffalo, Sister Mary Ann Schimscheiner, RSM, has made many contributions to the field of health care in the Western New York area, including serving as the chief executive officer of Kenmore Mercy Hospital for 18 years. Last month, she spoke with the Western New York Catholic about the history of the hospital, as well as the Retirement Fund for Religious.
Franciscan Sister a witness to cost of aging religious
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:00 am
A published author and enthusiast of world religions, Sister Mary Francis "Sister Fran" Gangloff, OSF, currently manages health insurance and government benefits for women religious in the Western New York region. Sister Fran discussed her ministry, as well as seeing firsthand the great need for the Retirement Fund for Religious, last month at her office at St. Mary of the Angels Convent in Williamsville.
Despite health woes, Sister Elena remains in ministry of prayer
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 11:00 am
The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the smaller orders of religious women in Buffalo, live with the charism "love and service to the poor." Ten sisters from the Italian-based order serve in Lewiston. Most teach at Sacred Heart Villa, but one sister offers a ministry of prayer and crafting in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Home. Sister Elena Sinatra, SSHJ, lives with cancer and asthma that keeps her tethered to an oxygen tank. A teacher for 52 years, she now volunteers at the very same nursing home where she lives.
Religious retirement collection raises money for health care and basic needs
Mon, Dec 5th 2016 02:00 pm
Twenty-nine years ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had the foresight to anticipate the retirement needs of congregations of women and men religious who had worked for the Church in the United States since the late 18th century.
Annual collection for elderly religious to be held Dec. 10 and 11
Sun, Dec 4th 2016 07:00 am
Parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo will join parishes across the country on the weekend of Dec. 10 and 11 in holding a special collection for the Retirement Fund for the Religious. The collection, which was initiated in 1988 by Catholic bishops of the United States, helps underwrite retirement and health care expenses.
Father Quinlivan uses his songs to reflect on Advent message in new book
Thu, Dec 1st 2016 12:50 pm
The artist in Father Bill Quinlivan cannot be silenced, nor can his love of the Advent and Christmas season. The Singing Priest of South Buffalo has released a book for the season, called "Coming Home for Christmas Through Advent," which offers reflections on themes of the season that come from his two Christmas albums. Topics span the range of holiday ups and downs from gift-wrapping and cooking baking, to nativity sets and being alone.
Seminarians benefit from inaugural Spiritual Summer program
Wed, Nov 30th 2016 08:00 am
EAST AURORA — For six, third-year seminarians finishing their pastoral year at Christ the King Seminary, the inaugural "Spiritual Summer" program was a transformative step on their paths to the transitional diaconate and ultimately priesthood.
Priest reassignments, deacon assignments announced
Mon, Nov 28th 2016 01:00 pm
Among the most recent appointments made by Bishop Richard J. Malone are some priest reassignments and new assignments for seven deacons.
Retired priest celebrates 50th anniversary with couple
Wed, Nov 16th 2016 09:00 am
As a newly-ordained young priest serving at St. Mark Parish in Rushford, Father David Griffin, who is now retired, conducted his first wedding ceremony, that of Desider and Dorothy Simcoe III, on Sept. 10, 1966. Today, the couple has been married for 50 years and, to commemorate their golden anniversary, the Simcoes and Father Griffin held a celebration at St. Mark's with a congregation of family members.
Father DiMaria takes on additional parishes
Thu, Nov 3rd 2016 09:00 am
Father Sean E. DiMaria has taken on the additional responsibilities as pastor of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish, Belmont, and St. Mary Parish, Bolivar, for a term of six years. He previously served as the priest moderator for both parishes. Father DiMaria continues his duties as pastor of Immaculate Conception, Wellsville; Blessed Sacrament, Andover; and SS. Brendan & Jude, Almond-Alfred, making him pastor of half the Catholic parishes in Allegany County. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the appointment was effective Sept. 1.
Annual collection helps elderly sisters, brothers, religious order priests
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 10-11 in most U.S. parishes. Now in its 29th year, the collection is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits nearly 33,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose religious communities lack adequate retirement funding.
Pope Francis reiterates a strong 'no' to women priests
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 02:00 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (CNA/EWTN News) - During a press conference Tuesday aboard the papal plane from Sweden to Rome, Pope Francis said the issue of women priests has been clearly decided, while also clarifying the essential role of women in the Catholic Church.
Dominican nuns to hold October bazaar
Sun, Oct 9th 2016 08:00 am
CHEEKTOWAGA — The Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary of Buffalo will host their second bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, inside the school. This year, all proceeds will raise money for the daily operational costs and various necessary maintenance projects at the monastery.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast October 2
Sat, Oct 1st 2016 09:00 am
Father Peter Calabrese, CRSP from the Fatima Shrine in Lewiston leads off the month of October, dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
Bishop ordains five new deacons
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 01:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo welcomed five new deacons this weekend as Bishop Richard J. Malone led an ordination Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. Four of these men will continue to the priesthood, while one will remain a member of the Permanent Diaconate.
New clergy assignments announced for September
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed new pastors for two city parishes and one Chautauqua County parish.
Bishop Malone to ordain five men on Saturday
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Sept. 17, Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will ordain five men to the holy order of deacon. One gentleman will be a permanent deacon and the other four will continue their studies for the priesthood. This special Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast September 11
Fri, Sep 9th 2016 08:00 am
On this week's Podcast we talk about upcoming Open Houses at our Catholic Cemeteries with director, Carmen Colao.
Buff State Newman Center welcomes back former student, now priest
Wed, Aug 31st 2016 09:00 am
The Buffalo State College Newman Center will welcome back an alumnus for a special Mass as it kicks off its 79th year. Father Zachary Miller, a 2008 grad, will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a tradition from medieval times at universities in Paris, Bologna and Salamanca to invoke the Spirit's gifts at the opening of the school year.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast August 28
Sun, Aug 28th 2016 08:00 am
Continuing our series on the Works of Mercy in our diocese, this week we visit the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Sister Stephanie Still to lead USCCB's retirement office
Fri, Aug 26th 2016 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Sister tephanie Still, PBVM, has been named director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO).
Father Lauricella reflects on first year as vocations director
Tue, Aug 23rd 2016 02:00 pm
It's been just about a year since Father Andrew Lauricella exchanged his role of a parish priest for an office in the downtown Buffalo Catholic Center. He now serves as the director of vocations for the diocese. He has gone from bringing God to the people, to bringing people to God.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast August 21
Sun, Aug 21st 2016 08:00 am
On this week's podcast Cheryl Calire, director of Pro Life Activities for the diocese, talks about the dedication and blessing of the new Mother Theresa Home on the East Side of Buffalo.
Sisters raise money with 'Burgers, Brews and Blues'
Wed, Aug 17th 2016 11:00 am
The first-ever "Burgers, Brews and Blues" event hosted by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities was a sold-out success, drawing a crowd of 150 people to help raise money for the Williamsville Franciscan community Tuesday evening.
Father Zilliox named to Bowmansville parish
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed Father Robert W. Zilliox Jr. pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Bowmansville, for a term of six years. In his new role, which began August 1, he takes over for Father Joseph Klos who retired in May. Father Zilliox will continue to serve as judge and defender of the bond in the Tribunal of the Diocese of Buffalo, a position he has held since 2013.
Bishop Malone: Support the Retired Diocesan Priests' Medical Benefits Fund
Sat, Aug 6th 2016 08:00 am
Throughout the long history of our diocese, we have been served by hundreds and hundreds of dedicated priests. Today, there are 128 retired diocesan priests incurring the cost of living either on their own or the cost of living in one of our diocesan retirement homes.