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New Communications director to assume duties Monday
Fri, Sep 14th 2018 01:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo is pleased to announce that it has hired Kathy Baranski Spangler as its director of Communications.
Father Sardina placed on administrative leave
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 01:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Sardina on administrative leave as an investigation continues. This administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Bishop Malone delivers message to the faithful
Fri, Sep 7th 2018 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone delivered the following message to the faithful in the Diocese of Buffalo. His letter was read at Masses throughout the diocese on the weekend of September 8 and 9, 2018:
Labor Day calls for just wages
Thu, Aug 30th 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In his 2018 Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, calls for all persons to work together for just wages, which are necessary for families to flourish. A just wage is one that "not only provides for workers' financial well-being, but fosters their social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions as individuals and members of society."
New Mass schedule for some Southern Tier churches
Thu, Aug 30th 2018 03:00 pm
(Olean) — Local Roman Catholics heading to Mass after Labor Day weekend will need to re-think their normal routine. That's because a new Mass schedule goes into effect for three area Roman Catholic parishes—Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, St. John the Evangelist Church, and St. Philomena Church in Franklinville.
Bishop Malone announces resignation of Communications director
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 12:20 pm
George Richert has decided to step down as diocesan Director of Communications, effective Friday, Sept. 7.
Father Robert Yetter placed on administrative leave
Mon, Aug 27th 2018 03:00 pm
After receiving a new abuse complaint against Father Robert Yetter, Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked for and received the resignation of Father Yetter as pastor of St Mary's of Swormville. Father Yetter has also been placed on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Bishop Malone announces new actions to stop abuse
Sun, Aug 26th 2018 04:00 pm
On Sunday afternoon Bishop Richard J. Malone outlined new actions to handle cases of clerical sexual abuse against both children and adults.
Bishop Malone message to St. Mary's of Swormville
Sat, Aug 25th 2018 04:00 pm
The following is a statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone which was read to the faith community of St. Mary of Swormville:
Catholic Charities to phase out foster care and adoption services
Thu, Aug 23rd 2018 07:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo has begun the process to phase out current foster care and adoption services under a contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS). The contract is set to expire in March 2019.
USCCB responds to Pope Francis letter
Tue, Aug 21st 2018 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis's Letter to the People of God, issued earlier today. In his letter addressed to the whole People of God, the Pope calls on the Church to join in acts of prayer and fasting in "combatting all forms of abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience."
Bishop Malone responds to PA grand jury report
Thu, Aug 16th 2018 04:05 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo released this statement pertaining to the Pennsylvania grand jury report: "The Diocese of Buffalo is committed to learning from the sins and crimes of the past and from the ways they were handled. I share in the sense of horror at the magnitude of damage wrought on victims by ministers of the church who, of all people, should be eminently trustworthy. It's a different church now in the way we respond to any claims of abuse."
Sisters of St. Francis sign sale agreement for Williamsville property
Tue, Aug 14th 2018 04:00 pm
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities today announced that they have signed a purchase and sale agreement (PSA) for the property known as St. Mary of the Angels in Williamsville to The Tzetzo Companies LLC of Buffalo. In addition to owning the property, Tzetzo will operate the region house as a New York State-licensed senior assisted living facility. The purchase price was not disclosed and final closing on the sale is not expected until sometime in November.
USCCB responds to Pennsylvania Grand Jury report
Tue, Aug 14th 2018 02:00 pm
"As a body of bishops, we are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic priests and Catholic Bishops," Says President of U.S. Bishops' Conference in Joint Statement with Committee Chairman for the Protection of Children and Young People
Catholic Press Association honors WNY Catholic
Thu, Aug 9th 2018 09:00 am
"The diversity of topics and ability to reach a broad audience and offer something for practically everyone are what makes this newspaper stand out." This is what the judges for the Catholic Press Association had to say about the Diocese of Buffalo's own Western New York Catholic. The paper won first place in the category of Newspaper of the Year for non-weekly diocesan newspaper with a circulation of 25,001 or more.
Msgr. John M. Ryan placed on administrative leave
Mon, Jul 30th 2018 02:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Msgr. John M. Ryan, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Msgr. Ryan on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Msgr. Ryan retired in 2001 from St. Benedict's Parish. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal McCarrick
Sat, Jul 28th 2018 09:00 am
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, from the College of Cardinals.
Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels welcomes new pastor/rector for linked parish
Mon, Jul 23rd 2018 09:00 am
An historical moment will take place on August 1 as Father Patrick Melfi will become the ninth resident pastor (in 142 years) and the second rector of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Also starting on that day, a new linked configuration of three local parishes will take place, effectively joining under the leadership of shared clergy the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angles of Olean, St. John the Evangelist Church of Olean (where Father Melfi serves as pastor), and St. Philomena Church of Franklinville (where Father Melfi recently assumed pastorship). A new Mass schedule for all three parishes will be announced in the coming weeks and will commence effective the weekend after Labor Day.
An evening of Catholic Lutheran dialogue
Thu, Jul 12th 2018 12:00 pm
On Wednesday evening, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the dining hall at Christ the King Seminary, Father Peter Drilling and Lutheran Pastors Tim Madsen and Daniel Hoffman will discuss and share about the 500th Commemoration of the Reformation and the ongoing Lutheran-Roman Catholic cooperative efforts.
USCCB offers pastoral response to Asia & Pacific Islands
Fri, Jul 6th 2018 02:55 pm
WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is publishing a new document, Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters. The full text is available on the USCCB website at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/asian-pacific-islander/upload/asian-and-pacific-island-pastoral-response-encountering-christ-in-harmony-2018.pdf .
Is Roe v. Wade being used as litmus test for judicial nominees ?
Fri, Jul 6th 2018 11:00 am
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), wrote to the members of the Senate on July 6, urging them not to use support for Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for judicial nominees in their deliberations about the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Update on priests placed on administrative leave
Thu, Jun 28th 2018 04:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has released the following update regarding priests placed on administrative leave:
Niagara Catholic Junior Senior High School to close
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 03:00 pm
As a result of continued enrollment reductions, growing financial challenges and a significant reduction in Diocesan support, Niagara Catholic High School on 66th Street, will close its doors, effective immediately.
New Kindergarten scholarships offered at two schools
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 11:00 am
Two local Catholic schools have announced a new scholarship opportunity intended to allow better access to private education. Through an unnamed donor, Saints Peter and Paul School, in Williamsville, and Southtowns Catholic School, in Lake View, will offer a partial scholarship to each of the first ten kindergarteners who qualify financially.
Cutbacks affect Daybreak staff and Fredonia Newman Center
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 02:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo released the following statement Friday pertaining to cutbacks affecting Daybreak TV Productions and the Fredonia Newman Center:
Bishop Malone updates new clergy appointments
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 12:00 pm
Three parish priests have received a third six-year term appointment by Bishop Richard J. Malone and two deacons have been given new assignments.
Dr. Michael LaFever named superintendent of Catholic Schools
Fri, Jun 8th 2018 11:15 am
A veteran educator with a wealth of school administration experience has been appointed Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Michael C. LaFever, Ed.D, president of St. Benedict School in Eggertsville, will assume the leadership of Catholic Schools in the diocese effective June 29, upon the retirement of Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ.
Father Wolski placed on administrative leave
Thu, May 31st 2018 08:00 am
After receiving an abuse complaint against Rev. Mark J. Wolski, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Wolski on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Four men to be ordained to priesthood, livestream available
Fri, May 25th 2018 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will have the honor of ordaining four men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 2. The special Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Daybreak TV Productions, the television entity of the Diocese of Buffalo, will provide a livestream and replay of the ordination which can be viewed or shared on their YouTube channel @DaybreakTV.
USCCB responds to Santa Fe High School shooting
Fri, May 18th 2018 04:00 pm
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardoof Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting:
"Violence is not the answer" to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Fri, May 18th 2018 01:50 pm
WASHINGTON—In response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, stated the following:
New foundation created from Fidelis Care sale
Tue, May 8th 2018 11:00 am
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Catholic Diocesan Bishops of New York State announced today the formation of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, which at $3.2 billion will be one of the largest in the United States, and the largest focused solely on New York State. The foundation will provide up to $150 million annually in grants to serve New Yorkers in need and will be steered by a board of health experts, business leaders and philanthropists chaired by Al Kelly, CEO of Visa.
Father Maryanski placed on administrative leave
Mon, May 7th 2018 12:00 pm
After receiving a recent letter regarding a previous abuse complaint against Father Fabian Maryanski, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Maryanski on administrative leave for the purpose of reopening the previous investigation
Four men to be ordained diocesan priests June 2
Mon, May 7th 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will have the honor of ordaining four men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 2. The special Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The new priests, who were ordained deacons in September, are Rev. Mr. Peter Nsa Bassey, Rev. Mr. Paul Stanislaw Cygan, Rev. Mr. Peter Santandreu and Rev. Mr. Gerard Skrzynski. Each of the men will graduate from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, on May 11 with a master of divinity degree.
Special blessing for unborn babies to be held on Sunday
Wed, May 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the sixth annual Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb and Mass on Sunday, May 6. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
Father Smith and Father Venne placed on administrative leave
Mon, Apr 23rd 2018 10:00 am
After receiving an abuse complaint against Fr. Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Smith on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Bishop Malone has also placed Rev. Samuel J. Venne on administrative leave after receiving an abuse complaint. Fr. Venne is a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parish on Grand Island.
Diocese puts properties up for sale
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that the Bishop's Residence at 77 Oakland Place, Buffalo, will be placed on the market this summer and all proceeds from the sale of the property will be dedicated to the Diocese of Buffalo's Independent Reconciliation & Compensation Program to assist victims of past sexual abuse by priests.
Franciscan Center closing after three decades of service
Wed, Apr 4th 2018 10:00 am
Since 1980, the red brick house at the intersection of Seneca Street and Roanoke Parkway in South Buffalo has offered safe haven to more than 4,000 runaway and homeless young men from Western New York to China. For most of those years, Father Joseph Bayne, OFM Conv, served as The Center's Executive Director. In that role, he successfully oversaw a "tough love" program of independent living skills that earned recognition in publications as exalted as the New York Times. According to the respected friar, that dedication to excellence is what has compelled him to close the ministry's doors.
Catholic Charities Appeal raises $7 million so far
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 12:00 pm
The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, was joined by Catholic Charities officials and Appeal leadership Tuesday to provide an update on this year's 94th annual campaign following the conclusion of Appeal Week 2018 on Palm Sunday in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo.