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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.
Father Stachowiak reappointed to Resurrection in new assignments
Thu, Jul 16th 2015 08:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo announced a new round of clergy assignments, including two reappointments.
Disappointment follows ruling against Little Sisters in mandate case
Wed, Jul 15th 2015 03:05 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate.
The men ordained by Bishop Malone
Tue, Jul 14th 2015 08:00 am
Since his installation to Buffalo in August 2012, Bishop Richard J. Malone has ordained a half-dozen men to the priesthood. See where they are now in our new photo gallery.
Buffalo priest witnesses beatification of Archbishop Romero
Fri, Jul 10th 2015 01:00 pm
Msgr. David M. Gallivan, retired priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, traveled to El Salvador at the end of May to witness the beatification of the martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Raised near birthplace of St. John Paul II, Polish priest brings ministry to Buffalo
Thu, Jul 9th 2015 11:00 am
From his earliest days, Father Dawid Krzeszowski had much in common with one of the newest saints of the Catholic Church. Now parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist in Kenmore, Father Krzeszowski was born in Poland near the birthplace of St. John Paul II. Today, he continues to share his faith and his heritage with many American parishioners.
Bishop appoints new Vocations director
Fri, Jul 3rd 2015 06:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the following clergy assignments.
These nuns are making the Pope's vestments for Ecuador
Wed, Jul 1st 2015 01:00 pm
QUITO, ECUADOR (CNA/EWTN News) - Within the walls of the convent in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador, the Carmelite nuns are busy making liturgical cloths and the vestments for Pope Francis' July 6-7 visit to the country.
Polish priest looks forward to serving in diocese
Thu, Jun 25th 2015 06:00 am
Many Western New Yorkers remeber November 2014 because of the several feet of snow that blocked doorways and stranded motorists. For Father Marcin Porada, parochial vicar at St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga, that November was a time of new beginnings as he came to the United States from Poland.
Diocese announces new clergy assignments
Wed, Jun 17th 2015 02:15 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced new assignments for several clergy members including the newly ordained permanent deacons and priests.
Deacon Santos ministers to refugees, Hispanic population of diocese
Tue, Jun 16th 2015 12:00 pm
For permanent deacons of the diocese, ministry can take on many diverse forms. The ministry of Deacon Miguel Santos has involved working with the diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity to help immigrants, particularly refugees on Buffalo's West Side, adapt to new life in the United States. He assists a wide variety of people as part of his diaconate service.