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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.
Msgr. Connelly uses his vocation to help people
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 09:00 am
Msgr. James Connelly's grandmother planted the idea of becoming a priest during his first Communion. A speaker at Bennett High School in Buffalo cultivated it. A priest mentioned how an ordinary student could become a priest if God was calling him. That priest, Father Michael Gallagher, assisted Msgr. Connelly many years later at his first Mass after ordination.
Diocesan priest speaks about retired life and need for funds
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 09:00 am
Msgr. Paul Juenker, a retired diocesan priest who now lives at the O'Hara Residence in Tonawanda, spoke about the services the diocese provides to its retired clergy, which the priests' retirement fund would benefit.
Retired priest speaks of experience, good works of diocese
Wed, Aug 3rd 2016 09:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo will hold its first-ever collection intended specifically for the benefit of retired diocesan priests on the weekend of Aug. 6 to Aug. 7. One of these priests, Msgr. Dino Lorenzetti, currently lives at the O'Hara Residence behind Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda.
What do we owe our aging priests?
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 09:15 am
Many of us are familiar with arranging for the care of an aging parent. As sons and daughters, it's the right thing to do. We should consider it a similar responsibility to provide health care for our aging diocesan priests.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast July 31
Sun, Jul 31st 2016 05:00 pm
On this week's show we talk about Burgers, Brews and Blues, a fundraiser for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities on Tuesday August 14 at their St. Mary of the Angels center, 201 Reist St. in Williamsville.
Faith Perspective: Little Sisters of the Poor uphold Church teaching
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 10:00 am
United States have observed the Fortnight for Freedom in preparation for Independence Day on July 4. The theme set by the U.S. Bishops' Conference for this year's fortnight is "Witnesses to Freedom."
Buffalo pastor gets another six years at parish
Wed, Jul 13th 2016 09:30 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has reappointed Father Angelo M. Chimera pastor of All Saints Parish, Buffalo, for a second term of six years. His appointment was effective June 29.
Franciscans make commitment to care for creation
Wed, Jul 13th 2016 09:00 am
Father William "Jud" Weiksnar, OFM, of the Holy Name Province in Buffalo, returned home in June from a two-week trip to Italy for a meeting on justice, peace and the integrity of creation. The gathering brought together Franciscans from throughout the world who discussed the importance of caring for creation and the lasting impact of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si."
Christ the King Seminary appoints vice rector
Sun, Jul 10th 2016 08:00 am
EAST AURORA — Father Robert A. Wozniak has been appointed vice rector at Christ the King Seminary. The appointment follows the departure of Father Gregory Faulhaber, who is now pastor of Queen of Heaven Parish in West Seneca.
Missionary reflects on helping in Ghana and Philippines
Fri, Jul 8th 2016 08:00 am
Mother Teresa was quoted as saying that the problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small. This quote may not be true for everyone, but it definitely was true for me.