Father Ronald P. Sajdak will be embarking on what he calls an “exciting venture.” Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced that, on July 30, Father Sajdak will become pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Harris Hill, while maintaining his position as pastor at St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence, both in Buffalo. Msgr. Frederick D. Leising, the former pastor, retired April 6 and Msgr. W. Jerome Sullivan is serving as the parish’s temporary administrator.
“This is an unusual and creative arrangement which has great potential,” Bishop Malone said. “Positioning Father Sajdak as the spiritual leaders of these three parishes will allow the faith lives of parishioners to be enhanced in ways many may have never imagined. It also offers new evangelization opportunities that can be replicated in many of our parishes.”
“I think this opportunity, with Nativity, St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence, is unique in its timing and has incredible potential,” Father Sajdak said.
St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence both have had sister parish relationships with Nativity. Parishioners from Nativity have assisted in the food pantry at St. Lawrence; Nativity and St. Martin held a joint concert with their choirs. Nativity has offered guidance and funding for adults working with youths in the city parishes and they’ve often assisted some students to attend the annual youth convention. But, as Father Sajdak explained, the relationship can be strengthened.
“There’s often the question, on the part of all involved, what do the city parishes have to contribute to a parish that has more resources than they do? The way I’d like to think about that,” he said, “is that the city parishes have a pastor they may be willing to share. I look at this as a way of the two parishes who share me now saying, ‘we will share what we have.’ And, I’m willing, as pastor, to take on that responsibility, however not alone.” read more...