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Bishop Richard J. Malone has named former New York State Regent Chancellor Robert M. Bennett to the Diocese of Buffalo’s Catholic School Advisory Council, the panel which advises the bishop on matters related to Catholic education.

A resident of Tonawanda, Bennett was elected to the New York State Board of Regents in 1995. In 2002, he was elected chancellor by his fellow regents. He stepped down as chancellor in 2009 and was unanimously appointed chancellor emeritus.

“Bob is highly respected and brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise to the council,” Bishop Malone said. “I am sure he will make significant contributions to our efforts to build up the Catholic identity and strong academic foundation of our Catholic schools.”

Bennett served as president and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County from 1985 until his retirement in 2000. During his tenure, $240 million was raised and allocated for community services. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts . in English from the University of Notre Dame, and received a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also completed the leadership program for not-for-profit CEOs at Harvard and the University of Michigan.


Bishop Richard J. Malone will talk about family life and marriage as one of two keynote speakers at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB), Thursday, May 7, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is also scheduled to speak.

Bishop Malone was invited to speak at the breakfast in his role as Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and his outspoken defense of religious freedom, the family and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

"I am truly honored to have been chosen to speak on matters of such urgency at this significant national event,” Bishop Malone said.


Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked pastors in parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo to conduct special collections at Masses the weekend of May 9-10, with all proceeds going to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which has mobilized immediate response teams in support of earthquake relief in Nepal.

“The scenes coming from the earthquake zones have been devastating,” said Bishop Malone, who is a member of the CRS board. “I know the faithful of the diocese will be generous, as they always are, when we conduct these emergency collections. We continue to offer our prayers for the people of Nepal and the victims of this tragedy.”

CRS is supporting the emergency effort with critical supplies for families rendered homeless by the quake: tarps and other materials for emergency shelter, means for clean water, hygiene supplies and sanitation needs.

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Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb planned for Mothers’ Day
Friday, May 01, 2015 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a special Mothers’ Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 10, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will include the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb.

Parishioners will not only recognize and pray for mothers, fathers, families, and for children in the womb, but also for couples who are hoping for the gift of a child and for those who have suffered the loss of a child.

Approved by the Vatican in 2012, this rite is included in the Book of Blessings published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The blessing originated when then-Bishop Joseph Kurtz of Knoxville, Tenn. (now archbishop of Louisville, Ky.), asked the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities to see if a blessing existed for a child in the womb. When none was found, the committee prepared a text and submitted it to the USCCB's Divine Worship committee in March of 2008. It was approved by the full body of bishops in November 2008, and then sent to Rome for editing and final approval.

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