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Western New York Catholic - Bishop Malone's service to Maine comes to an end (Feb. 14, 2014)
Bishop Richard J. Malone, 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Portland (2004-2013); Bishop Robert P. Deeley, 12th Bishop of Portland; and Bishop Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B., 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Portland (1988-2004) and the Bishop Emeritus. (Courtesy of McKenney Photography)
PORTLAND – Some 627 days after Pope Benedict named him 14th Bishop of Buffalo, and 10 years and four days after Pope John Paul II appointed him 11th Bishop of Portland, Bishop Richard J. Malone’s tenure as bishop and Apostolic Administrator of Portland came to an end on Feb. 14, when Bishop Robert P. Deeley was installed as 12th Bishop of Portland.
The installation marked Bishop Malone’s final official duty as chief shepherd of the Pine Tree State’s nearly 200,000 Catholics.
In his welcome, Bishop Malone said, “To you, Bishop Deeley, let me simply say that we thank you and we thank God for your episcopal ministry and we thank our Holy Father, Francis, for sending you here as the 12th Bishop of Portland. God’s people in Maine are grateful … and so am I,” which was received with hearty laughter. Read more
Bishop Malone's welcome at the Installation Mass of Bishop Robert Deeley, 12th Bishop of Portland (Feb. 14, 2014)
We make our own the words of Psalm 118: "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it."
As I stand in this Cathedral ambo for my final official duty as the 11th bishop and, recently, apostolic administrator of this blessed Diocese of Portland, I have the very happy privilege of extending a warm and hearty welcome to you all.
Cardinal Séan, our metropolitan archbishop; Archbishop Viganò; our nuncio and personal representative of our Holy Father, Pope Francis; my brother bishops; priests; deacons; religious; lay faithful; and family and friends of our new bishop, you are so very, very welcome here! And to you, Bishop Deeley, let me simply say that we thank you, and we thank God for your Episcopal ministry, and we thank Our Holy Father, Francis, for sending you here as the 12th Bishop of Portland. God’s people in Maine are grateful and so am I. Read more
Western New York Catholic: Catholic leaders pushing for education tax credit bill
(Feb. 14, 2014)
Bishop Richard J. Malone has called for state leaders to pass the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill.
As the diocese goes through another round of Catholic school closings, Bishop Richard J. Malone maintains it could have been prevented if New York state leaders pass legislation to provide tax credits for school expenses and donations.
While announcing the closings in January, the bishop called for state leaders to pass the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill, which would provide tax credits to people or companies making donations to public schools and private scholarships. In addition, it credits people making donations to school foundations, prekindergarten programs, non-profit organizations supporting programs in public schools and scholarships for private schools. Read more
Salamanca Press - Adopting one of God's creatures
(Jan. 28, 2014)
Bishop Richard Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo made the trek to Salamanca last week all for a particular Labrador retriever that stole his heart. The 120 lbs. black lab — named Timon — was adopted by the bishop last Friday from Empire Animal Rescue Service (E.A.R.S.) in Salamanca, a non-profit animal rescue organization. This is the second dog Bishop Malone has owned and he’s excited to be a dog owner once again. Read more
The Buffalo News - Buffalo bishop, GOP political opponent sharply criticize Cuomo over ‘extremist’ remarks
(Jan. 22, 2014)
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo came under attack Wednesday from the head of the Catholic Diocese in Buffalo and from a Republican who is eyeing a possible run against him for his recent remarks about “extremist conservatives” having no place in New York.
While the Cuomo administration has sought to downplay the firestorm by saying the governor was talking about far-right political candidates and not right-of-center residents, there has been no softening of condemnation against Cuomo for the remarks he made last week on a public radio interview.
Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone on Wednesday called the comments by Cuomo “the best example of extremism I’ve heard for a long time.” (video below) Read more
Bishop Malone announces revitalization of Catholic elementary schools (Jan. 15, 2014)
Three years of exhaustive research, collaboration and consultation culminated today (Jan. 15, 2014), with the announcement by the Diocese of Buffalo of the implementation of "Faith in Tomorrow," the strategic vision for Catholic elementary schools.
Bishop Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, said the diocese and The BISON Fund are collaborating on a plan to fund new scholarships for students who have applied to transfer out of low performing Buffalo elementary schools. "We are involved in preliminary discussions with the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund regarding a scholarship program which could potentially increase Catholic school enrollment and positively affect the future of our elementary schools. Read more
Bishop Malone on board a 1998 Harley Davidson Road King that was given to the Catholic Charities Appeal by an anonymous donor.
The bike will be auctioned off on eBay in support of the 2014 Appeal, which has a $10.8 million goal.
(Photo courtesy Catholic Charities of Buffalo)
Catholic Charities Launches 2014 Appeal, Sets $10.8 Million Goal (Jan. 10, 2012)
The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, today announced a $10.8 million goal for the 2014 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo. Bishop Malone made the announcement at the Catholic Charities Kenmore-Tonawanda office, the recently renovated facility on Delaware Ave. in Kenmore. The Ken-Ton office provides a variety of family and youth services, as well as victim and school-based services.
The 90th annual campaign launched with a $100,000 increase over last year’s $10.7 million goal, which the organization achieved. Bishop Malone named St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) the patron of the 2014 Appeal. Read more
Bishop Malone delivers Invocation to start 2014 Legislative session of New York State Senate (Jan. 8, 2014)
Diocese prepares strategic plan to save Catholic education as schools brace for shake-up
(The Buffalo News, Jan. 5, 2014)
Sweeping changes in Catholic education to be unveiled this month will affect elementary schools across Western New York, including those in suburbs like Amherst, Lancaster, Orchard Park and Hamburg. Catholic school officials say they are in the midst of the broadest and most intensive review ever of elementary education in the eight counties of the Diocese of Buffalo. And that means schools will be closed or merged.
The closures are expected to extend further than what occurred in the past decade, when more than two dozen schools closed. That’s because of almost-universal enrollment declines in area schools and bleak demographic trends going forward. Read More