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Diocesan priests receive new assignments
Thu, Feb 25th 2016 08:00 am
Among Bishop Richard J. Malone's recent appointments are a new pastor at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Akron, and an administrator for Our Lady of Charity Parish in South Buffalo.
Vocations is a ministry for all
Wed, Feb 24th 2016 11:45 am
In June of last year my priestly ministry underwent a significant shift in focus as I left my work as parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls and began a new role as director of Vocations for our diocese.
Pontifical Mission Societies welcomes new director
Fri, Jan 22nd 2016 02:00 pm
The diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies has welcomed its new director. Father Justus Ndyamukama, native of Tanzania, East Africa, will help support the Catholic faith in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Two priests receive new assignments
Thu, Jan 14th 2016 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed two priests to new assignments and has reappointed two others to additional term at their current parishes.
Little Sisters to Supreme Court: Don't make us pick between faith and the poor
Wed, Jan 6th 2016 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Religious sisters should not be forced to choose between caring for the poor and obeying their conscience, the Little Sisters of the Poor told the Supreme Court in a recent legal brief, adding that this is what the government is demanding of them through the HHS mandate.
Oblates to celebrate 200th anniversary of founding
Tue, Jan 5th 2016 09:05 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate Mass on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Holy Angels Parish in Buffalo in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Oblates also staff the West Side of Buffalo parishes of Holy Cross and Our Lady of Hope. In addition to the Mass, there will be performances by the cluster choir, consisting of choirs of all three parishes, including an African choir, youth choir and Burmese choir. The Mass which will celebrate contributions of the Oblates, will be followed by a reception at nearby D'Youville College in Buffalo.
Father Biernat receives papal honor in New York City
Mon, Dec 14th 2015 09:00 am
Father Leon Biernat received a papal honor, making him a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
Sister Dorothy keeps going and going and going
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 09:00 am
Sister Dorothy Feltz, SSJ, keeps herself busy these days. When she's not at the Lighthouse cleaning the Clarence retreat facility, she's with her faith-sharing group at the Williamstowne Apartments. Then there are those fundraisers for Future in Our Hands, and, of course, the monthly prayer and reflections sessions, and let's not forget those book discussions in Cheektowaga.
Father Quinlivan returns to St. Greg's for Christmas concert
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 09:00 am
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at the noses, and Father Bill Quinlivan singing about the birth of our Lord. The season has arrived.
Religious Retirement Collection helps with housing needs, health care
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 09:00 am
Twenty-Eight 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. Most of these congregations, whose focus had been on providing services to the Church and its pastoral, educational and health care needs, were without adequate savings or investments for the care of retired members. It was at this time that dioceses throughout the country were asked to take up an annual collection to assist these religious congregations in providing funding for the anticipated retirement needs of their members.
Williamsville Franciscan sister shares ministry with elderly
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 03:00 pm
Sister Marianne Ferguson is a retired sister of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Williamsville. A native of the Buffalo area, she attended elementary school at St. Margaret School in North Buffalo and graduated from Bennett High School in Buffalo. Although she no longer received religious education in her public high school, she remained active in her faith by attending Mass and religious education classes at the nearby St. Joseph University Church in Buffalo.
Annual collection benefits 33,000 sisters, brothers and religious order priests
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 03:45 pm
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collections will be held this weekend, December 12 and 13, in the Diocese of Buffalo. Now in its 28th year, the appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and offers support for senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack sufficient retirement funding. Some 33,000 women and men religious past age 70 benefit.
Bishop Malone names new pastors
Mon, Nov 30th 2015 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named three new pastors and two new administrators for area parishes.
Hamburg parish begins Creation Care team
Sun, Nov 22nd 2015 03:00 pm
Parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul in Hamburg with its newly formed environmental committee hope to promote greener living and reflect the message of Pope Francis in his most recent encyclical.
Shuttered rectory sees rebirth as Mother Teresa Home
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 09:00 am
Becoming pregnant while facing an uncertain and unstable future forces women to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities is now working to build a ministry that hopefully eases the stress of that decision.
This Catholic nun is competing on the Food Network
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 09:00 am
CHICAGO, ILL. (CNA) - Fans of the Food Network's competitive cooking show "Chopped" can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night's episode - Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago.
Priest from India welcomed at Attica parish
Fri, Nov 6th 2015 11:00 am
Earlier this year, Father George Devanapalle, administrator of SS. Joachim and Anne Parish in Attica, came to the Diocese of Buffalo after previously serving downstate in Kingston. Before coming to New York state, he served in his native India. Experiences Father Devanapalle had as a youth led to his pursuit of the priesthood.
Representatives from seminary share memories of seeing pope
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 10:00 am
A group of 38 priests, deacons and seminarians from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora were among the congregation when Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Washington, D.C.
Bridgeport bishop comes to 'stir the pot' at catechesis convocation
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 01:00 pm
Although dealing with a bout of laryngitis, Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed participants to the 10th annual Catechetical Conference, which took place at the Depew Grapevine on Oct. 5. He gave a welcoming prayer and blessed pins for every catechist and schoolteacher in diocese. He also thanked the staff of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation for sponsoring the program.
Sisters of Social Service look to the past and future at annual dinner
Tue, Oct 27th 2015 09:00 am
The Sisters of Social Service looked at their past and faced their future during their annual fundraising dinner on Oct. 22. One guest speaker reviewed the history of the sisters and another spoke about the challenges the order must deal with as it moves forward.
New clergy assignments for late October announced
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the following new clergy assignments.
Priest brings a touch of India to Wyoming County
Thu, Oct 8th 2015 10:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo is currently home to a number of international priests who have come from around the globe to bring their unique gifts to the area. One of these priests is Father Johnson Machado, administrator of St. John Neumann Parish in Strykersville, who was born in India.
Sisters work to spread awareness of human trafficking
Mon, Oct 5th 2015 09:00 am
Five Sisters of St. Mary of Namur from the diocese attended a conference on human trafficking which took place at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on July 9 and 10. The conference titled, "Answering Pope Francis' Call: An American Catholic Response to Modern-Day Slavery," was sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA.
New administrators signal positive changes for parishes
Thu, Oct 1st 2015 09:00 am
Most people believe that change is good - for someone else. This might be especially true of people in institutions with a reputation for stability. Interesting that the Catholic Church has always changed in response to signs of the times. But significant changes may be felt as a breakdown, before appreciating the breakthrough.
Pope to priests, religious: It's your job to inspire vocations
Sat, Sep 26th 2015 12:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA. (CNA/EWTN News) - The Church today is called to foster among young people a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for the Gospel mission, Pope Francis said on Saturday to group of priests and religious gathered in Philadelphia's cathedral.
Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in Cuba
Tue, Sep 22nd 2015 12:00 pm
HAVANA, CUBA (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis on Sunday spoke from the heart about the importance of spiritual poverty, the danger of worldly wealth, and the universal need for mercy. He made his impromptu remarks to Cuban priests, consecrated religious and seminarians at Havana's cathedral.
See four men move closer to priesthood
Mon, Sep 21st 2015 01:00 pm
A native of Nigeria and a father of two are among the four men who were ordained transitional deacons on Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Richard J. Malone will ordain Venatius Ifeyichukwu Agbasiere, Michael K. Brown, Samuel T. Giangreco Jr. and Michael LaMarca at a special 10 a.m. Mass as the seminarians move one step closer to becoming priests.
Diocese announces new clergy appointments
Fri, Sep 18th 2015 08:00 am
Among the recent clergy assignments announced by Bishop Richard J. Malone are six priests who were given additional terms as pastor at the parishes they have been serving.
Seminarians to witness papal Mass
Thu, Sep 17th 2015 09:00 am
As part of the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis will make a whirlwind visit to three U.S. cities this month. During the week of Sept. 22-27 the pope will visit Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.
Bishop Malone to ordain four transitional deacons
Tue, Sep 15th 2015 09:00 am
A native of Nigeria and a father of two are among the four men who will be ordained transitional deacons on Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Richard J. Malone will ordain Venatius Ifeyichukwu Agbasiere, Michael K. Brown, Samuel T. Giangreco Jr. and Michael LaMarca at a special 10 a.m. Mass as the seminarians move one step closer to becoming priests.
New Brothers of Mercy apartments nearing completion
Fri, Aug 28th 2015 08:00 am
This fall, a new and luxurious independent living faculty, owned and operated by the Brothers of Mercy in Clarence, will be available for seniors as an alternative to home ownership. Montabaur Heights, the brothers' newest apartment complex, is nearing completion, with plans to open in November.
Women religious wake up the world at Gerard Place
Thu, Aug 27th 2015 11:00 am
A group of dreamers, women religious from various congregations in Western New York, had a vision of helping those in need.
Permanent Deacon brings special ministry to people in hospital
Fri, Aug 21st 2015 08:00 am
For many priests and permanent deacons, hospital ministry is an important part of their ministry to their community. It is true for Deacon Charles D. Esposito, who was ordained June 2014. While serving parishioners at SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Williamsville, he also ministers to patients and their families at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.
New vocation director helps those discerning call to priesthood
Mon, Aug 17th 2015 08:50 am
Father Andrew Lauricella has been named the new director of Vocations of the Diocese of Buffalo. He spoke about his newest assignment, as well as what it will be like to fill the shoes of Father Walter Szczesny, who held the position for nine years.
New religious order priests assigned to diocese
Wed, Aug 12th 2015 09:20 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the following appointments regarding religious order priests.
Priest from Nigeria now serves Cheektowaga parishioners
Fri, Aug 7th 2015 08:00 am
Different circumstances lead priests to their vocation. Father Mark Itua, temporary parochial vicar at Queen of Martyrs Parish in Cheektowaga, came to the Diocese of Buffalo about seven months ago based on a friend's recommendation, which is not unusual. Unlike most other priests in the area, he was born and raised in Nigeria and came to the United States as an adult after being ordained.
A victim of a con, Buffalo priest turns betrayal into ministry
Thu, Aug 6th 2015 09:00 am
When a trusted friend conned Msgr. Dino Lorenzetti out of his life savings, the elderly priest decided to turn his pain into a lesson on caution and forgiveness.
Seminarian experiences Auschwitz-Birkenau camp
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 03:00 pm
Countless articles have been written about Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps and the countless social justice connections the Holocaust has to our society in the 21st century.
Chaplain injects a little of everything into latest book
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 08:40 am
Father Richard "Duke" Zajac has authored another volume of his "Life Injections" series. Like the first three, "Life Injections IV" collects sermons that Father Zajac has preached through his 39 years in the priesthood.
Trip to Brazil inspires Sister Helen's food pantry
Mon, Jul 20th 2015 02:00 pm
It was seeing people dying of starvation in garbage pails during a trip to São Paulo, Brazil that put a face on hunger for Sister Helen Buscarino. "It broke my heart to see the extreme poverty," she says.