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Sister Barbara Whelan takes on second ministry
Sat, Mar 14th 2015 08:00 am
In 2012 after 47 years of teaching, Sister Barbara Whelan, OSF, could have simply retired. She remained committed to service and began a second ministry as a medical assistant.
Msgr. O'Neill recognized for contributions to Catholic education
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 08:00 am
Msgr. Kevin T. O'Neill, canonical administrator at Mary Queen of Angels Regional School in Cheektowaga, reflected upon his work supporting Catholic schools after he received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual Catholic education dinner for his ministry and service in January.
Bishop Malone announces clergy appointments
Sun, Mar 8th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced two clergy appointments. Father James W. Fliss received a fourth term of six years as pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Farnham, and Father Johnson Machado was named administrator of St. John Neumann Parish, Strykersville.
Father Quinlivan to receive top Irish award for ministry
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 02:00 pm
Father Bill Quinlivan, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tonawanda, has been named Irishman of the Year by the Knights of Equity, a national Irish Catholic organization.
The 'Francis Effect' on vocations
Sat, Feb 21st 2015 08:00 am
Every year the Diocesan Vocation Office produces and distributes a vocation poster to every parish in the diocese. This year the poster was done in two sizes and it focuses on Pope Francis as he ordains a young man to the priesthood at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Both of the posters contain a quote from Pope Francis on vocations. Have you seen these posters in your church or school?
Prayers to support vocations always needed
Sun, Feb 15th 2015 08:00 am
I had served as a parish priest for nine years when then Bishop Henry J. Mansell asked me to return to Christ the King Seminary as part of the formation team. In those nine beautiful years in parish ministry, I encountered some dedicated lay people who wanted to know what they could do to promote vocations.
Pastor of Pius X Parish to retire
Sat, Feb 14th 2015 08:00 am
Father James O'Connor has been a source of peace, strength and love to parishioners for 44 years. His smile conveys a joy of lifelong service to God and others.
Bishop Malone to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday
Tue, Feb 10th 2015 02:10 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, February 18, Ash Wednesday.
Diocese comes together to celebrate Bishop Grosz
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 12:15 pm
Hundreds of people braved the cold, snowy weather, and the impending Super Bowl set to begin a few hours later, to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz's 25th anniversary of Episcopal ordination Sunday afternoon at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
Bishop makes clergy appointments
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the following clergy assignments:
Bishop Grosz served Felician sisters for 10 years
Sun, Jan 25th 2015 10:00 am
In addition to the rest of his ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Edward M. Grosz was chaplain of the Villa Maria Motherhouse Complex of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo for 10 years, from 1980 to 1990. During this time, many of the sisters got to know Bishop Grosz well and, last month, some of them shared some of their stories of when he interacted and served with the sisters on a regular basis.
Bishop Grosz served the permanent diaconate
Sat, Jan 24th 2015 02:00 pm
Throughout his time in the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Edward M. Grosz has made many contributions to the Permanent Diaconate, which began in 1975, four years after Bishop Grosz was ordained a priest.
Sisters of Charity Hospital chaplain recalls Bishop Grosz's early life
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 09:00 am
Father Richard E. Zajac remembers fondly his childhood, growing up with Bishop Edward M. Grosz.
Father Peter Karalus named to Catholic School Advisory Council
Fri, Jan 16th 2015 04:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed the pastor of St. John Paul II Parish, Lake View, to the Catholic School Advisory Council, the panel which advises the bishop on Catholic elementary school issues. His parish is also home to Southtowns Catholic School. Father Peter J. Karalus joined the panel in December 2014.
Diocese prepares for Year of Consecrated Life
Thu, Jan 15th 2015 10:00 am
A special group met at the Catholic Center in Buffalo in December to plan events for the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life. Pope Francis officially designated the World Year of Consecrated Life to occur between Nov. 29, 2014, and Feb. 2, 2016.
Sister of Mercy remains active after decades as an educator
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 04:00 pm
For one retired Sister of Mercy, serving the community involved joining the same religious order that touched and changed her own life as a teen at Mount Mercy Academy in South Buffalo. She later went on to become a teacher and administrator herself at many diocesan schools.
Share in the Care: Retired religious still giving service to community
Wed, Dec 10th 2014 10:10 am
As the Church begins the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the women and men of the Diocese of Buffalo are most grateful for the generosity that has been shown over the past 26 years through the Retirement Fund For Religious collection. During the 2013 campaign, the Diocese of Buffalo submitted $848,000 to the national office for the care of the retired religious.
Sister Rosalma has done it all
Tue, Dec 9th 2014 04:00 pm
There was a time when Sister M. Rosalma Pawlak, CSSF, used to visit the elderly sisters in her order to keep their spirits up by enjoying their company. Now Sister Rosalma is on the other side of that relationship after a long, varied ministry that saw her work in many different avenues.
Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph has served others for 65 years
Mon, Dec 8th 2014 04:00 pm
Sister Loretta Janiszewski, FSSJ, has served her community for more than 65 years. Throughout that time her ministry of both teaching and serving in a pastoral ministry has enabled her to grow in her faith while helping others.
Annual collection benefits 35,000 sisters, brothers, priests in religious orders
Sat, Dec 6th 2014 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held in parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the United States on the weekend of December 13 and 14. The annual, parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.
Deacon named Global Fellow for Catholic Relief Services
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 04:00 pm
A diocesan deacon became a Catholic Relief Services Global Fellow in October. He will be a representative of, and spokesperson for, the work of the Catholic Church's official international humanitarian aid organization which helps less fortunate people in countries around the world.
Father Bill Quinlivan tells his side of story in new book
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 02:00 pm
Buffalo's singing priest, Father William Quinlivan, has added another title to his resumé - book author. With the help of a self-publishing firm, he has released "Made to Praise Him: Finding My Song."
Local missionaries to help children in Ghana
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 02:00 pm
The sister of a diocesan priest and an incoming college student will travel to West Africa in November to assist the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love to serve children at an orphanage in Ghana. Under the careful guidance of Sister Stan Terese Mario Mumuni, MASEL, a native of Africa who has been a missionary for over 16 years, they will help children who would not otherwise have had a chance at life.
Pastor reflects on military service
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 02:00 pm
For Father David Glassmire, pastor of Ascension Parish in Batavia, Veterans Day is about much more than a day off, as it is for many. Instead, it is a day to recognize the accomplishments of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including himself, as a Navy chaplain assigned to the Marines.
Seminarian assists in diocesan Pro-Life office
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 02:20 pm
A current student at Christ the King Seminary is taking an opportunity to serve at the Office of Pro-Life Activities to help prepare for the day he becomes a priest.
Former accountant ordained transitional deacon
Mon, Oct 6th 2014 01:20 pm
The calling from God can come in different ways and at different times in life. For Deacon Thomas Mahoney, the calling to the priesthood came after a great personal loss and a major change that led him to trade a 9-to-5 job and business attire in for a more irregular schedule and vestments.
Polish born seminarian faces challenges as he prepares for priesthood
Fri, Oct 3rd 2014 01:00 pm
Deacon Lukasz Kopala has a story not very different from other seminarians. He grew up in a traditional Catholic family. He served at the altar as a youth, considered the priesthood while in high school, but held off so he could experience some independence. What sets him apart from the others at Christ the King Seminary is the path he took to get there.
Transitional deacon from Africa continues with God's plan
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 01:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo welcomed its first transitional deacon from Africa on Sept. 27. The ordination of Daniel Ogbeifun marks a milestone for the diocese, but just another step on one man's faith journey.
Diocese of Buffalo to ordain three men transitional deacons
Thu, Sep 25th 2014 10:00 am
Lukasz Kopala, Thomas M. Mahoney and Daniel Ehijiator Ogbeifun all will move one step closer to the priesthood on Saturday, Sept. 27, when Bishop Richard J. Malone ordains them transitional deacons for the Diocese of Buffalo. The ordination will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, at 10 a.m. The three men, students at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, will graduate in May 2015 and will later be ordained to the priesthood.
Jesuit provinces announce merger
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 04:00 pm
The Jesuit community in the United States has kicked off the first of several consolidations. On Friday, Sept. 19, the New York Province announced it will begin a merger with the New England Province. Father John Cecero, SJ, the newly appointed provincial for New York, will lead the new Northeast Province.
Felician sister expresses faith through stained glass art
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 04:00 pm
For one Felician sister, art is a way of expressing feelings, emotions and faith. Sister M. Ann Therese Kelly, CSSF, operates and sells stained glass artwork at her own studio, Illumination Stained Glass Studio, at Villa Maria Convent in Buffalo. Sister Ann Therese, also an art instructor, created stained glass windows found in six local buildings and schools, including Niagara University.
Adopt-a-Seminarian program expands as more schools participate
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 04:00 pm
This school year, more children in diocesan schools will be given the chance to pray for the men who have chosen to devote their lives to serving God. The Adopt a Seminarian program, implemented in Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga in 2013-14, will be expanding to take place in more elementary schools, ideally all 35 of them, by the third week of September.
Father Biernat returns home to Poland and America
Tue, Aug 12th 2014 01:00 pm
There's no place like home for a man with two homes. Father Ryszard Biernat took a trip back to his Polish homeland in July and experienced some sadness and joy with his family. Father Biernat had booked time this fall to spend with his family, but sad news forced him to fly to Poland earlier than planned. He received word that his sister-in-law was losing a battle with cancer.
Permanent Diaconate: Role of Deacon dates back to early Church
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:15 pm
He is often seen standing at the right hand of the priest, assisting him in the celebration of the Mass, and proclaiming the Gospel. He is wearing a stole over his left shoulder and across his chest, symbolically leaving the right hand and shoulder unencumbered so as to offer service. He is a Roman Catholic deacon, and his ministry dates back to the time of the apostles.
Burning Bush ministry offers individual prayer for healing
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 02:00 pm
Throughout his 45 years in the priesthood, Father Richard DiGiulio has ministered as a doctor of sorts, diagnosing, treating and healing the souls of wounded people. Burning Bush House of Prayer is his practice. St. Lawrence Church in Buffalo serves as his hospital.
Oblates create mission center to help West Side community
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:00 pm
In a time when people need heroes, Buffalo's West Side has its own set of Avengers. Instead of colorful capes, these men wear black. A band of six Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate use Holy Angels Parish as a headquarters while they go out into the community to serve "where there is a need."
Brothers of Mercy begin work on new senior living complex
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 10:00 am
Next fall, seniors in Western New York will have the option to spend retirement in a new and luxurious facility. The Brothers of Mercy held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for an upcoming addition to their campus in Clarence. Montabaur Heights will be an independent senior living community offering a wide variety of amenities close to the order's nursing and rehabilitation center.
Grubka emphasizes importance of supporting seminarians
Thu, Jun 12th 2014 02:15 pm
For most people, staying true to the Catholic faith involves going to Church, prayer and giving back to their communities. For James Grubka of East Aurora, being Catholic is about devoting his time and service to helping seminarians.
Bishop ordains two new priests
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 02:05 pm
A full house at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo celebrated a beautiful day in both weather and spirit, as the diocese welcomed two new priests from A to Z.
Small town roots help Deacon Zielenieski in preparing for ordination
Tue, Jun 3rd 2014 01:20 pm
Transitional Deacon Bryan Zielenieski's personal journey in faith began as a youth on a dairy farm in Arcade. Now, as he prepares to be ordained into the priesthood on June 7, he is able to reflect on what brought him to this stage, and how he farms and harvests his faith in God by serving others.