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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.
Parish life and field work prepare John Adams for priesthood
Tue, Jun 3rd 2014 11:00 am
Coming back to school at the age of 50 was not a problem for John W. Adams, who just completed six years of study at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. "Since I've been here it's very clear that we're all lifelong learners. That's how I feel," he said.
CCC chairperson finds media a two-day street
Tue, May 27th 2014 11:00 am
Father Leon Biernat can remember years back, when he was director of Vocations for the Diocese of Buffalo, attending a workshop on communications. He learned to communicate one idea to one group of people in 10 different ways.
Name change doesn't affect role of vicars
Tue, May 13th 2014 10:00 am
Some may have noticed the Catholic Directory now lists representatives from the dozen diocesan vicariates as vicars forane, instead of episcopal vicars as they have been known for nearly 20 years.
Felician Sisters to hold service day to support food pantry
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 03:00 pm
The Felician Sisters will sponsor a "Felician Service Day" on Saturday, April 12, to support the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry at Villa Maria College.
Sisters of Mercy bring compassionate aid to Philippines
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 02:00 pm
Three Sisters of Mercy from the diocese knew their visit to the Philippines would be anything but routine after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered the central islands of the area with 160 mile per hour winds and walls of seawater last November.
Father Maher looks to provide worldwide presence at Niagara
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 11:00 am
Niagara University's new president has hit the ground running, all the way to Vietnam. Since taking office last August, Father James Maher, CM, has taken the first steps to opening the school to students and educators from Asia.
Vocations: Discernment helps recognize call
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 11:00 am
A vocation is something that we all have. God has entrusted to each person a particular job or task that has not been entrusted to anyone else. God calls us within our own hearts, but also in and through the believing community we call the Church.
Father Ribits shares love of art with students at O'Hara
Fri, Feb 21st 2014 10:00 am
Ever since he was a boy, Father Thomas Ribits, OSFS, recalls his love of art, a passion that turned into his life's work.
Father Ben Fiore returns to Buffalo as pastor of St. Michael's
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 09:55 am
Father Benjamin Fiore, SJ, has been appointed pastor of St. Michael Parish in downtown Buffalo. He returns to his second home after serving as president of Campion College in Regina, Saskatchewan, for the past eight years.
Felician leadership team visits diocese
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 04:00 pm
The seven sisters who make up the Felician leadership team visited the Buffalo Diocese to meet and share news with their fellow sisters. The leadership team presented the latest happenings throughout the North American province to some 140 sisters at Villa Maria Convent in Buffalo in January.
Community and service are priorities for new director of Deacon Personnel
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 04:00 pm
Deacon John Leardon has been appointed director of Deacon Personnel. The husband, father of three, and grandfather of five with another due in May, is a good example of the expanded role of deacons in the Church since Vatican II.
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Robert Deeley 12th bishop of Portland
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 04:00 pm
PORTLAND---Pope Francis has appointed the Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, as the 12th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
Father Bill sings the songs of Christmas at Blessed Sacrament
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 09:50 am
The sound of sleigh bells will be heard inside Blessed Sacrament Parish as Father Bill Quinlivan presents his annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at Father Cotter Hall at the Tonawanda church.
Diocese ranks first in Retirement Fund for Religious appeal
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 09:00 am
The great generosity of the people of Western New York was very evident in the 2012 Retirement Fund for Religious appeal. For the first time in the history of this 25-year appeal, the Diocese of Buffalo ranked first in the nation, collecting $884,000. Although this amount includes online donations from throughout the United States, more than $775,000 was contributed locally. Approximately $768,000 of this amount was distributed to congregations of women ($631,222) and men ($137,514) religious that serve in the Diocese of Buffalo.