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Communications staff joins 'Our Daily Bread'
Thu, Jun 8th 2017 02:00 pm
It's always nice to get to know the people you work with, especially when you are all working toward a common goal: spreading the news and ministry of the Catholic Church. Some people may call this evangelization. Me, personally, I like to call it "talking about my job."
Bishop Malone: The Gift of Priesthood
Thu, Jun 8th 2017 11:00 am
I am writing this column on May 20, the 45th anniversary of my ordination as a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston. Never did I imagine then that today, 45 years later, I would be bishop of Buffalo, preparing to ordain four fine young men as priests for our diocese of Western New York. Over and over again I have learned that when we pray "Come, Holy Spirit," we had best be prepared for surprises!
Speak up for the voiceless, Pence encourages Catholic prayer breakfast
Wed, Jun 7th 2017 10:55 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - United States Vice President Mike Pence exhorted those in attendance at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday to continue to be a "voice for the voiceless", after proclaiming that "life is winning" in the nation.
Communications chairperson delivers message via Facebook
Wed, Jun 7th 2017 10:00 am
There are two sides to Father Jeffrey Nowak. Not quite Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, more like Father Jeff and Captain Facebook. Both have the same purpose - to deliver the word of God. That is why the diocesan Office of Communications has named him honorary chairperson of the Catholic Communication Campaign.
Catholic Charities needs help to meet $11 million goal
Tue, Jun 6th 2017 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone and Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials are asking for help as the organization struggles to reach this year's $11 million goal with the 2017 Appeal entering its final month.
Smiles at 2017 Ordination Mass
Mon, Jun 5th 2017 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone said he never sees as many smiles as he does during an Ordination Mass. You can see why in our new photo gallery covering the ordination of four new priests.
USCCB statement on latest London terror attack
Sun, Jun 4th 2017 11:10 am
"Our solidarity in Christian hope and commitment to peace is a bond that cannot be broken."
A 'Day of Joy' for four new priests
Sat, Jun 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed a crowd of nearly one thousand at St. Joseph Cathedral Saturday morning by noting that he rarely sees so many smiles in church as on the day of an ordination. On this day, he placed his hands upon the heads for men as he said the ordination prayer making them priests of Jesus Christ forever.
Catholic leaders dismayed by Trump's exit from the Paris climate agreement
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 03:50 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Catholic leaders around the world expressed disappointment as President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. was pulling out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
St. Gregory the Great celebrates Father Biernat's anniversary
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
The congregation of St. Gregory the Great Parish invites everyone to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Pastor Father Leon J. Biernat on Sunday, June 4, at the 12:30 p.m. Mass at St. Gregory's. Following Mass there will be a reception held in the Ministry Center and Parish grounds.
USCCB provides Senate with moral principles for health care reform
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - As the U.S. Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to help guide policymakers in their deliberations.
Sister Susan Buckley, OSF
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 11:00 am
Sister Susan Buckley, OSF, died May 31, 2017, at Buffalo General Hospital. She was 82.
After years in Protestant churches, Cole Webster to be ordained to priesthood
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 09:00 am
Cole Webster left a career in hotel hospitality to become a concierge for the Lord. The Buffalo native will be ordained to the priesthood June 3.
USCCB chair urges president to honor Paris agreement
Thu, Jun 1st 2017 09:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - According to White House officials, President Donald J. Trump is reviewing the United States' commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change. The president tweeted that he will make an official statement on the agreement in a few days.
Ordination Class of 2017 answers the call
Tue, May 30th 2017 06:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) annual survey, 82 percent of the 2017 class of men ordained to the priesthood were encouraged by about four people in their lives including parish priests, friends or other parishioners. The report also says that ordinands were, on average, 16 years old when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood, and religious ordinands reported they knew the members of their religious institute an average of six years before entering.
Father Dennis W. Cleary marks 40 years as missioner
Mon, May 29th 2017 08:00 am
MARYKNOLL — Father Dennis W. Cleary, MM, of Buffalo, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, June 25. He is one of 21 Maryknollers to commemorate his ordination to the priesthood or Final Oath as a Maryknoll Brother in ceremonies to be held at the Maryknoll Mission Center in Ossining.
USCCB President offers prayers for victims of attack on Coptic Christians
Fri, May 26th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in the wake of the latest attack on Christians in the Middle East.
Diocese supports Retirement Fund for Religious
Fri, May 26th 2017 02:15 pm
Almost $810,000 was collected in the Diocese of Buffalo during the 2016 Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal. This total includes donations received from throughout the United States through the "Share in the Care" website, which is sponsored by the Religious Retirement Fund in the Diocese of Buffalo. Donations to this site can be made online throughout the year.
Our elders are lonely - do we care?
Fri, May 26th 2017 02:05 pm
CNA/EWTN News — It was August in Rome, the dog days of summer, and most people had left the Eternal City for the beach or another summer holiday destination.
Mount St. Mary Academy announces 2017 summer opportunities
Fri, May 26th 2017 02:00 pm
Mount St. Mary Academy is proud to present Summer Sessions 2017 for girls entering grades five through eight. The Summer Camps program, running from Aug. 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, will include a combination of athletic, arts and educational sessions.
Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities serve as sisters to all
Fri, May 26th 2017 02:00 pm
"Rooted in the Gospel we are sisters to all, serving with reverence, justice and compassion." The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have expressed this mission statement in many ways since the congregation's beginnings in Philadelphia in 1855. While the ways that we live and minister have adapted to the changing needs of the world and the Church over the past 162 years, our mission has remained strong.
What the Bible tells us about being body positive
Fri, May 26th 2017 02:00 pm
Maybe it was one too many holiday dinner parties or those extra calorie-rich culinary treats that leave us feeling a bit more vulnerable to the weight-loss advertisements that bombard us this time of year. 'Tis the season, right? Or maybe, like me, you tend to struggle with body image in a world that's hyper-focused on our physical appearance. It makes no difference if you feel this on occasion or have felt this your entire life. I've gathered some meaningful Bible verses that speak to me about loving my body. Hopefully, they will help you too.
Catholic Cemeteries hold Memorial Day weekend Masses
Fri, May 26th 2017 01:00 pm
Six diocesan Catholic Cemeteries will celebrate Memorial Day Masses throughout the holiday weekend on May 27 and 29.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast May 28
Thu, May 25th 2017 07:00 am
An interview from October 1996 with National Circus Chaplain, Father Jerry Hogan.
Summer programs at St. Joe's
Wed, May 24th 2017 01:30 pm
KENMORE — St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute's Collegiate Summer is back. The popular summer program held annually is open for registration. This four-week summer program is designed to help young men prepare for high school and have some fun.
The secret of Catholic schools: they are for everyone, rich or poor
Wed, May 24th 2017 01:00 pm
It seems evident that Catholic schools are a viable, hopeful alternative to other kinds of schools in our community. But, over the years, it has become increasingly important to point out a significant fact about them. Catholic schools enroll a diverse population of rich, poor, black, white, Catholic, non-Catholic, smart and not-so-smart students.
Native of Nigeria among men to be ordained in June
Wed, May 24th 2017 12:00 pm
On June 3, a native of Nigeria will be ordained alongside three other men at St. Joseph Cathedral, when the Diocese of Buffalo will welcome its newest priests to its fold. Currently serving as a transitional deacon, Robert Agbo, who came to the United States and settled in Buffalo in 2013, said he is looking forward to being able to serve God's people in this diocese and celebrate Mass with them in his ministry.
Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting
Wed, May 24th 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience.
USCCB president offers condolences to Manchester
Tue, May 23rd 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is expressing shock and sadness in the wake of last night's terror attack at Manchester Arena. In this moment of national tragedy and grief for England, Cardinal DiNardo has written a letter of condolence to the Most Reverend John Stanley Kenneth Arnold, Bishop of Salford and the people of England. The Diocese of Salford serves the area of greater Manchester and Lancashire. In the letter, Cardinal DiNardo expresses solidarity along with the continued prayers of the Church in the United States in the face of such unspeakable loss.
Camp Turner offers open house and tour
Tue, May 23rd 2017 03:00 pm
Camp Turner, located in Allegany State Park, is a summer resident camp operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The camp serves boys and girls ages 7 to 16. The camp strives to foster an emotionally safe culture in which everyone feels welcomed and accepted.
Mercy Nursing Facility named a top performing nursing home
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:55 pm
For the second year in a row, the Mercy Nursing Facility at the Our Lady of Victory Senior Neighborhood was named a Top Performing Nursing Home by the New York State Department of Health. This designation places the Catholic Health long-term care facility, which is affiliated with Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, in the top 5 percent of nursing homes in the state.
Bishop Fallon/Holy Angels Alumni golf tournament set for June 19
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:25 pm
You could call the former Bishop Fallon High School "the school that keeps on giving." Even though it has been closed since 1975, its Alumni Association has managed to raise nearly $100,000 for Catholic education over the past 13 years through an annual golf tournament. This year, that tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 19 at Lancaster Country Club.
A moral obligation: devout Catholics must defend the environment
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently urged our politicians not to abandon our commitment to the 2016 Paris Treaty on reducing pollution. Despite their leadership, are we Catholics sufficiently concerned about God's creation, including the environment?
The Station of the Cross launches 90.7 FM and iCatholicMusic
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
BUFFALO — The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network is poised to attract a new generation of listeners seeking Catholic music from top artists across the United States. The radio network, which broadcasts Catholic programs on 101.7 FM, is now also playing Catholic music on 90.7 FM,, and the iCatholicMusic mobile app.
Volunteer has been familiar face at Sisters Hospital for decades
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Regina O'Connor, 99, has served as a friendly face greeting patients and their families at the front desk of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo. Since shortly after she retired from her job with U.S. Customs in 1983, O'Connor has volunteered weekly at the same time on Tuesdays, a comforting and familiar presence for the people who have known her for three decades at the hospital.
Buffalo Public Schools chief tours Catholic Academy
Tue, May 23rd 2017 12:00 pm
He's the superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, but Dr. Kriner Cash spent some time touring Catholic Academy of West Buffalo on Tuesday, May 23. It was an idea inspired months ago during a conversation between Dr. Cash and Bishop Richard J. Malone.
USCCB urges Trump to include common good in budget plan
Mon, May 22nd 2017 04:05 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Six Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have released a letter in advance of the anticipated unveiling of President Donald J. Trump's full budget plan tomorrow.
Canisius purchases former Gilda's Club Mansion
Mon, May 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
Canisius High School announces the purchase of the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, directly across West Ferry Street from the Canisius campus. The newly-acquired 13,000 square foot facility was originally constructed as a private residence and recently served as a clubhouse for Gilda's Club of Western New York.
Lackawanna parish celebrates 100 years
Mon, May 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
In the shadow of the majestic Our Lady of Victory Basilica resides St. Anthony Church in Lackawanna, a small parish that has ministered to a diverse neighborhood for generations. St. Anthony Parish celebrated their 100th anniversary with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone on May 21.
Fidelis Care awards grant to Catholic Schools
Mon, May 22nd 2017 10:00 am
Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Buffalo will be in a better position to help students make healthier choices thanks to a $60,000 grant from Fidelis Care, a not for profit, faith based health insurance company. "They have been most generous," said Sister Carol Cimino, superintendent of Catholic Schools. "What we're trying to do with this particular grant is to change lifestyles and choices that children make."