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Human Trafficking: A crime against humanity
Fri, Feb 8th 2019 01:00 pm
It might surprise you to learn that there are over 21 million people around the world who are victims of human trafficking - modern-day slavery. Most of us would say that slavery has been eradicated from the earth, but this is far from the truth. In fact, there are more people now who are victims of slavery than any other time in human history.
Sheehan Residence Purchased
Thu, Feb 7th 2019 03:00 pm
The Sheehan Residence, which had been on the market, closed Thursday, February 7, 2019. The property, owned by the Diocese of Buffalo, is located at 330 Linwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York. It was purchased by Mingo Junction Steel Works, LLC and the closing price was $1,300,000.
Marriage in Christ Seminar
Thu, Feb 7th 2019 11:00 am
Church of the Annunciation in Elma to Host the Marriage in Christ Seminar.
Women leaders in the early Church
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 12:00 pm
Many voices, today, are calling for more women to function in decision making in the Catholic Church. A helpful place to begin is St. Paul's letters. In Chapter 16 of his Letter to the Romans, Paul mentions 26 persons, including nine women, three of whom are presented here.
Sister Teresa Marie Patora, CSSF, 1926-2019
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 08:00 am
Sister Teresa Marie Patora, 92, died at Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Feb. 1, 2019. The former Theresa Patora was born June 7, 1926, in Erie, Pa. She attemnded school in Erie, then graduated from Villa Maria Academy in Buffalo.
The spirit of unity in diversity
Tue, Feb 5th 2019 09:00 am
Our Church today in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the United States is becoming more and more diverse every day. The diversity that we see in our city is gradually becoming the diversity that we will see in our suburbs. Are we ready to embrace these cultures? Are we ready to forgive some of the hurts that may have taken place so that together we can move forward in peace and harmony?
Parishes see new form of leadership taking place
Mon, Feb 4th 2019 02:05 pm
In the past 20 years, the number of active priests serving the Diocese of Buffalo has dropped from 312 to 143. To keep parishes alive, deacons, religious sisters and even lay people are being asked to step into the role of head of the parish. In 2013, the diocese launched a pastoral administrator program to train qualified people to handle the temporal needs of a parish. This includes paying bills, fixing roofs and organizing lawn fetes, freeing priests to handle the duties only a priest can.
Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: In the Spirit of God, love, dignity and justice for all
Sat, Feb 2nd 2019 02:00 pm
Living in the spirit of God was the key message at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass celebrated at Blessed Trinity Church in Buffalo on Sunday, Jan, 20.
Response to Love Center still growing after 35 years
Fri, Feb 1st 2019 03:00 pm
This year marks 35 years since Response to Love opened its doors to serve the hungry of Buffalo's East Side. Over the years, the center has expanded to meet the growing needs of the area. A thrift store, education classes and a Veterans program have been added. Thus, opening doors to a better life for those who come to the center.
OLBS School has charitable challenge
Thu, Jan 31st 2019 11:00 am
DEPEW — Students at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School learned lessons about the spirit of giving, production, economics and sales. Each class was given $25 and challenged to use that money to create something that could be sold to make money for a charity chosen by the class.
Our Lady of Victory School unveils tech lab 2.0
Wed, Jan 30th 2019 10:00 am
Over the next five years, more than 1,000 children are expected to learn computer and engineering skills at Our Lady of Victory Elementary School. These skills will prepare students for careers that have not even been invented yet. This is thanks to the Susan E. Brvenik Foundation.
Sister Marie Bernarde Procknal, RSM 1927-2019
Tue, Jan 29th 2019 02:00 pm
Sister Marie Bernarde Procknal RSM, died January 23, 2019, at Mercy Center Convent in Buffalo after 73 years as a dedicated Sister of Mercy.
Teaching minds, touching hearts, and transforming lives
Tue, Jan 29th 2019 10:00 am
KENMORE — The halls of St. John the Baptist School are alive and buzzing with excitement as students, faculty and staff have jumped feet first into the Diocese of Buffalo's STREAM Education Initiative.
Pope Francis celebrates Mass for World Youth Day
Mon, Jan 28th 2019 04:00 pm
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2019 on Sunday, Jan. 27.
St. Benedict School expands coding to their technology program
Mon, Jan 28th 2019 02:30 pm
EGGERTSVILLE — St. Benedict School technology coordinator and pre-K through eighth-grade Technology teacher, Marcia Elliott, is enhancing her primary and intermediate grade coding program. She will be introducing coding robots Dash and Dot with the primary grades and Cue with her middle school students.
St. Amelia teacher makes difference for students, parish
Mon, Jan 28th 2019 10:00 am
When St. Amelia School teacher Colleen Milette was called to assemble with other faculty, by the school principal, she thought it was to announce a calendar change.
Gala 22:6 celebrates 19 years of raising funds for scholarships
Sun, Jan 27th 2019 01:25 pm
On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will host the 19th annual Gala 22:6 - A Celebration of Catholic Education. Since its inception in 2001, the dinner has provided more than $4 million in financial assistance to help students and their families who are most in need.
Nativity of Our Lord students pray the rosary
Sat, Jan 26th 2019 04:00 pm
ORCHARD PARK — The students at Nativity of Our Lord School had a very busy in November. On Nov. 5, students gathered to pray for our nation. They said a rosary, dedicating each decade to a different government office.
The Olive Tree and the Grafted Branch between Jews and Christians
Sat, Jan 26th 2019 11:00 am
Two contemporary events, one past and one upcoming, prompt this reflection. On Oct. 12, 2018, 11 Jews in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were slain as they gathered for Sabbath services. This evil was met with a righteous outcry from almost all Americans, rightly so. Meanwhile, on the 25th of this month we Christians celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. One can ask what would Paul's thoughts be on the radical anti-Semitism occurring in a synagogue named "The Tree of Life?"
Statement from the Diocese of Buffalo regarding the Reproductive Health Act
Fri, Jan 25th 2019 04:00 pm
Earlier this week, Bishop Malone added this statement to the NYS Catholic Conference of Bishops, regarding the passage of the Reproductive Health Act: "NYS is already the state with the highest rate of killing pre-born children through abortion. This is a tragic day for NYS that makes a very bad situation even worse. It is a barbaric action of our legislature, and clearly nothing to celebrate."
New learning opportunity at St. Christopher School
Fri, Jan 25th 2019 11:00 am
St. Christopher School Media Lab program has been completely revamped and features the new learning platform "Google for Education."
Pope Francis says Panama to be 'a hub of hope' during World Youth Day
Thu, Jan 24th 2019 04:00 pm
PANAMA CITY, Panama (CNA) — Upon arriving in Panama for World Youth Day 2019, Pope Francis met with politicians, diplomats and civil society leaders, extending a message of hope for "a more humane world."
Mount Mercy women excel in social sciences programs
Thu, Jan 24th 2019 11:00 am
Mount Mercy Academy's Women in Social Sciences Program has completed its first full year giving the students the opportunity to interact with three strong female role models.
New York passes Reproductive Health bill to expand abortion
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 11:00 am
On the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the legal right to an abortion, New York state passed the Reproductive Health Act on Jan. 22 that expands abortion-rights legislation in the Empire State.
Smaller World Youth Day kicks off in Panama
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 10:00 am
World Youth Day 2019 opened Jan. 22 in Panama City, Panama. Over 150,000 have registered for the event which ran until Jan. 27. Usually held in the summer, this year's event was held during the cool season of Panama, which conflicted with the American school year. As a result, the Diocese of Buffalo has not planned a pilgrimage to the Central American city.
Making learning come to life
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 10:00 am
As you enter our Maker Space at Immaculate Conception School, you are greeted by the technology room mascot Mip. Mip is a programmable robot that energizes the children from the moment they enter the room. This energy is important as the students begin engaging in various robotic projects such as assembling Hummingbird Robitic kits made out of circuit boards and craft materials, programming Legos to complete tasks or preparing newly purchased underwater Sea Perch robots for a test swim.
Nativity of Our Lord offers open house, faith-based education
Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 02:00 pm
ORCHARD PARK — Teachers and parents will be offering tours of Nativity of Our Lord School and welcome all families interested in a proven Catholic education for their children. The open house takes place Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force announced
Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 11:30 am
The Diocese of Buffalo has established the Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force. The group will review and recommend policies and procedures for assessing and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by priests, deacons, religious and lay employees. The Task Force will ensure that the diocesan policies for adult abuse and misconduct complement the existing diocesan policy on child abuse. In addition, the Task Force will review the investigation framework of sexual abuse allegations to ensure compliance with federal and state law, canon law, and the Diocese of Buffalo Code of Conduct to ensure the protection of all of God's people.
Youth Convention offers chance to 'Power Up' on faith
Mon, Jan 21st 2019 10:00 am
Christmas is over. Lent has not yet begun. How does a spirit-filled teen keep the faith in this middling time? The annual diocesan Youth Convention offers teens an opportunity to Power Up their faith over a three-day weekend filled with good talks, prayer and nearly a thousand new friends.
Making a Difference: Lessons learned in mission land USA
Sun, Jan 20th 2019 10:00 am
Many years ago as a young man born and raised in Baltimore, I spent a very different week getting a taste of life in Appalachia.
Sound Board: Connecting with Jesus through the 'Godspell'
Sat, Jan 19th 2019 04:00 pm
Recently the curtain went up on the Iroquois High School Drama Club production of "Godspell." While there have been many productions and revivals of the 1971 original, I was proud to be a part of this production. There are challenges inherent in pulling any production together, but "Godspell" presented its own unique ones.
Catholic Health secures $5 million funding for D'Youville College Health Professions Hub
Sat, Jan 19th 2019 10:00 am
Catholic Health has obtained $5.07 million from Community Partners of WNY to support the development of D'Youville College's Health Professions Hub. In October, leaders from the college and the health system announced plans to collaborate on the 50,000 square-foot clinical training center, which will create a unique and innovative learning environment for students, while offering families in the college's West Side neighborhood greater access to high quality primary care services.
Cosgrove named medical director at Mercy Hospital
Fri, Jan 18th 2019 01:00 pm
Edward Cosgrove, MD, has been named medical director of the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. He is a member physician of TEAMHealth, Northeast Division, which services the hospital.
Father Koester named temporary administrator
Fri, Jan 18th 2019 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced appointments for three area priests.
Niagara University and NCCC begin collaboration
Thu, Jan 17th 2019 01:00 pm
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — Niagara University and Niagara County Community College announced a new partnership that will increase engagement and improve collaboration between the two colleges, creating a seamless continuum of learning and leadership that expands programming in keeping with the workforce, economic and entrepreneurial needs of the region.
Bishop Malone meets with diocesan Pastoral Council
Thu, Jan 17th 2019 11:00 am
"Victim's first." That is the commitment of Bishop Richard J. Malone and all the bishops of New York. "Our principle in anything we say or do, it has to be victims first. That's the first concern. I tell that to our priests."
William Pryor named chief administrative officer
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 04:00 pm
Catholic Health has appointed William B. Pryor to the position of chief administrative officer. Pryor comes to Catholic Health from Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, N.C., where he served as chief human resource officer for the past 10 years.
Understanding seminary life: yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 03:30 pm
As we continue this Christmas season and begin the calendar year, the faculty, staff and students of Christ the King Seminary would like to offer you a blessed season of hope and joyous New Year of encounters with the Lord. We also believe this start to the new year is the perfect opportunity to give you a brief description of seminary life today as compared to around 50 years ago, as well as offer you a glimpse into changes that will be forthcoming.
Physician performs 500th surgery using the Da Vinci surgical system
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 03:00 pm
Kenmore Mercy Hospital passed a milestone on December 10, 2018, when Richard J. Buckley Jr., MD, FACS, completed his 500th surgery using the da Vinci Robot surgical system at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The hospital's first da Vinci robotic surgery took place on Feb. 24, 2016.
Students make news to help Mother Teresa Home
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 02:30 pm
Girls at Nativity School, in Orchard Park are making headlines for a good cause, literally. These eighth-graders wrote, designed and printed their own newspaper to raise money for the children at Mother Teresa Home in Buffalo.