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Catholic Schools' Week
2 days ago by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone attends "Breakfast with the Bishop" at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore.  Trevor Stocker and Jessica Napier, students at St. John's, were among 20 randomly-selected students chosen to dine in the school’s library with Bishop Malone, Father Ryszard Biernat, Pastor Father Michael Parker, Father Dawid Krzeszowski, and Deacon Jim Waggoner. (Photo courtesy of St. John the Baptist School)

About 1,500 area Catholic school students attend a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Kleinhan's Music Hall during Catholic Schools' Week. (Photo by Patrick McPartland, Western New York Catholic)


Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, today announced that George Richert, well-known WIVB-TV Channel 4 reporter, has been named director of communications for the Diocese of Buffalo.

The position was not filled in 2011, when Kevin Keenan left his position with the diocese and founded Keenan Communications Group. Keenan was diocesan director of communications from 2000 to 2011. For the past four-plus years, Keenan has served as chief communications counsel to the diocese. He will transition to the role of consultant to Bishop Malone and will remain as the bishop’s public policy representative to the New York State Catholic Conference.

“George has a deep and strong Catholic faith which makes him an ideal communications director,” said Bishop Malone. “He has a strong understanding of the news media in the digital age, is well respected in the community, among his viewers, the sources he’s covered, and his fellow journalists. I look forward to working with George as we evangelize and work to build up the Kingdom of God here in the Diocese of Buffalo.”

"Consider this ... Spilled ashes"
2 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

Spilled ashes


WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in dioceses around the country, Jan. 31 - Feb. 6. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important faith-building, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.

“Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church’s mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and so an important aspect of our own teaching mission,” said Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education. He noted that Pope Francis reminded Catholic educators at the World Congress held in Rome in November to know the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and to offer them to students in Catholic schools as practical examples of how to live the Gospel. “By teaching the Good News of the Gospel, Catholic educators guide our students to Jesus Christ and his healing mercy,” Archbishop Lucas said.

About 1.9 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools around the country. Students receive an education that prepares them for higher education, a competitive work environment, but most importantly, living a Christian life of virtue in a challenging society. “We want our students to keep their eyes fixed on eternity which is the ultimate goal of a complete education,” said Archbishop Lucas.

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