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Buffalo's bishop returns from Holy Land (WIVB-TV, Sept. 21, 2014)
USCCB delegation visits Gaza (Western New York Catholic, Sept. 15, 2014)
Bishop Richard J. Malone visited the Gaza Strip as part of his #PeacePilgrimage trip on Sunday. Photo via @BishopRJMalone
JERUSALEM—A delegation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, led by Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, visited the Gaza Strip, September 14. The bishops celebrated Mass with the local Christian community, talked to residents and surveyed the destruction of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas militants. They also met the staff of Catholic Relief Services, the bishops’ international relief agency, who have been working to provide disaster relief to those impacted by the violence.
Bishop Pates, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said the purpose of the visit was to show support for the local Christians and all suffering people in Gaza, as well as to inform the bishops of the situation on the ground. The visit occurred as part of a September 11-18 peace pilgrimage of 18 bishops to the Holy Land, sponsored by USCCB and CRS.
Bishop Richard J. Malone, who is a member of the USCCB delegation, has been regularly providing updates about his trip on Twitter, @BishopRJMalone
Bishop Malone to make peace pilgrimage to Holy Land
(Western New York Catholic, Sept. 8, 2014)
This month, Bishop Richard J. Malone will be among a group of American bishops embarking on a trip to the Holy Land in hope of encouraging domestic prayer for a land of political unrest. From Sept. 11 until Sept. 19, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has organized the Bishops’ Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land, during which they will pray for an end to conflict.
According to Bishop Malone, the pilgrimage to the Holy Land is part of a collaborative project between the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Church’s international humanitarian relief agency responsible for sending volunteers to provide aid to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the islands of the Caribbean, as well as the Middle East. It gives needed supplies and care to people affected by natural disasters, war, hunger, poverty, HIV/AIDS and other emergency situations. Read more
Buffalo News - Most suburban and Catholic schools open today
(Sept. 3, 2014)
Lunches are packed, new shoes are tied and summer is over.
Most youngsters throughout Erie and Niagara counties are heading back to school today. Some began Tuesday, and the rest will Thursday.
Classes begin today in 22 school districts in Erie and Niagara counties, including Cheektowaga Central, Akron Central and Tonawanda City School districts.
Catholic schools kicked off the start of the year this morning, too.
This is the first school year of the new consolidated Catholic schools, after 10 schools closed in June,
Today, 37 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo are opening.
At Ss. Peter & Paul School, in Williamsville, Bishop Richard J. Malone greeted students, families, faculty and staff to mark the start of the new academic year
Buffalo News - Seminary for Buffalo Catholic Diocese sees increase in men studying for priesthood
(Aug. 11, 2014)
An uptick in men studying to be priests has emerged as a bright spot for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo – challenged for years by membership declines, parish mergers and school closings. Next week, Christ the King Seminary in the Town of Aurora will welcome its largest contingent of seminarians in two decades. Thirty-nine men – including 11 new enrollees – are expected to arrive at the 132-acre campus to study for the priesthood.
The seminary at 711 Knox Road hasn’t had that many priest candidates on campus since 1994, when 42 seminarians were enrolled. Seminary enrollment fell to 16 men in 2005 and ranged between 18 and 28 men in more recent years. Seminary officials also expect to have the school’s largest population of lay students on campus this academic year for graduate theological studies. Read more
Buffalo News - After two years as Buffalo bishop, challenges confront Bishop Malone
(Aug. 10, 2014)
The 26 teenagers sat stone silent as Bishop Richard J. Malone stepped down from the altar to talk with them about the sacrament of confirmation during Mass inside St. Francis of Assisi Church in Athol Springs.
A confirmation service often is the only direct interaction that many Catholics experience with a bishop in their lifetimes, and Malone, sensing timidity in this group, encouraged them not to be afraid “to talk in church when the bishop asks you to.”
He wanted to know how many of them played sports – a ready icebreaker in sports-obsessed Western New York. He professed his own loyalty to the Boston Red Sox and compared the practice of Catholicism to being a good teammate who trains regularly and keeps in shape.
Malone then ratcheted up the gravity of his homily, urging the young Catholics not to become complacent in their religion.
“One of the problems we face in the church is that an awful lot of good Catholics stopped learning about the faith at the point of their confirmation,” he said. “Don’t stop learning, please.”
The message was aimed at the adults in attendance as much as the newly confirmed teens. Read more
Catholic News Agency: Bishops: Executive order is flawed in approach to discrimination
(July 22, 2014)
Leading U.S. bishops voiced strong criticism of an “unprecedented and extreme” new executive order, saying that it adds to discrimination problems rather than finding real solutions to them.
“In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination,” warned Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo.
“With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent,” they said in a July 21 statement. Read more
Catholic Charities exceeds 2014 goal
(June 30, 2014)
Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials announced the 2014 Appeal exceeded its $10.8 million goal, with cash and pledges received to date totaling $11,001,057.29. Bishop Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, gathered with Catholic Charities’ leaders, staff, Appeal leadership team members and volunteers to make the announcement at the organization’s Delaware Ave. headquarters. This is Bishop Malone’s second year as Bishop, and his second year of success with the annual Appeal.
Bishop Malone thanked all donors and supporters for helping Catholic Charities to accomplish such an ambitious goal in order to continue serving those in need throughout the eight-county Diocese of Buffalo. “As a result of the incredible generosity of the Western New York community, I have the great joy of announcing we have met, and surpassed, our goal again this year,” Bishop Malone said. Read more
Bishop Malone ordains eight permanent deacons
(June 14, 2014)
Joy filled St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Saturday (June 14, 2014) as nearly 1,000 priests, permanent deacons, family and friends gathered for the imposition of hands by Bishop Richard J. Malone, as eight men were ordained to the Holy Order of Deacon for the Diocese of Buffalo.
Prior to the Mass, Bishop Malone met with each deacon and his wife, welcoming them to their ministry giving them their assignments, which include a parish and a ministry of charity.
The newest members of the clergy and their assignments. Read more
Western New York Catholic - Bishop Malone ordains two new priests
(June 9, 2014)
Bishop Richard J. Malone presents Father Bryan J. Zielenieski with the bread and wine during ordination at St. Joseph Cathedral on June 7, 2014. (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)
A full house at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo celebrated a beautiful day in both weather and spirit, as the diocese welcomed two new priests from A to Z. Read more
New York Post: Cuomo’s cardinal sin: Did the governor lie to the bishops? (May 30, 2014)
Columnist William McGurn writes that when it comes to the Education Investment Tax Credit being left out of the 2014 New York State budget, someone is fibbing. Read more
WBFO Radio: Leader of Buffalo's Catholic Diocese says Governor broke promise (May 29, 2014)
The leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says Governor Andrew Cuomo
broke a promise to provide needed tax credits that would help fund
private and Catholic education. As part of our Focus on Education
reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says area Catholic school students and
educators rallied in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Wednesday.
"The Governor needs to pass the Education Investment Tax Credit now," said Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone.
Malone was a key speaker at the rally Wednesday urging Governor Cuomo to approve the Education Investment Tax Credit. Malone said in March Cuomo promised to Catholic leaders statewide it would be in the budget, but lawmakers failed to approved it.
"It seems as the Governor is kicking Catholic school children to the curb. He's treating families in Catholic schools and families who want to be in Catholic schools as second class citizens," said Malone.
"Governor Cuomo keep your word," chanted Catholic educators and students. Listen
Vatican upholds decision to close schools
(May 15, 2014)
The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld Bishop Richard J. Malone’s Jan. 15, 2014, decision to close St. Bernadette School (Orchard Park), St. Francis of Assisi School (Tonawanda) and St. Mary of the Lake School (Hamburg).
In response to the appeals of each of the schools, the congregation wrote the appeals cannot be accepted, “and confirms the legitimacy of the Bishop’s decision to close the schools as part of the diocesan plan for the viability and good distribution of Catholic schools of the diocese.”
Bishop Malone issued the following statement:
I am relieved that the Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld my decision, which was based on extensive research and analysis. It reinforces the authority of the diocesan bishop to make decisions of this nature and reflects my obligation as bishop to take into consideration all Catholic education in Western New York when determining the reconfiguration of our Catholic elementary schools.
Now that the Vatican has ruled on this matter, I encourage the parents from St. Bernadette, St. Francis and St. Mary of the Lake schools to enroll their children in neighboring Catholic elementary schools, where they will continue to receive a superior education.
I understand this has been an emotional few months for many, but now is the time to come together as a Church family, to work to further strengthen our Catholic schools, and serve as an example to the children of our diocese as we live out our Catholic values and evangelize to bring the Gospel message to all.
Niagara Catholic presents Catholic Charities donation to Bishop Malone
(May 14, 2014)
During a May 9, 2014, visit to Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School, Bishop Richard J. Malone was presented with a sizable donation to benefit Catholic Charities.Pictured with Bishop Malone, center, are Niagara Catholic Grade 11 students, from left to right, C. J. Tripi and Michael Grenga, who presented Bishop Malone with the $1,000 gift on behalf of the entire student body.
The donation was raised through various student fund raising activities held at the school.
Christ the King Seminary honors Bishop Malone
(May 9, 2014)
Father Peter J. Drilling (left) confers a Doctor of Humane Letters on Bishop Richard J. Malone during the Seminary's 2014 commencement exercises. Dr. Dennis A. Castillo, Academic Dean, looks on.
During his commencement address, Bishop Malone said, “We graduate men and women formed and educated at Christ the King Seminary for service in a variety of ministries as pastoral leaders in the Church.”
Batavia Daily News - Bishop Malone visits Notre Dame High School
(May 9, 2014)
Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo gives communion to students during a Mass Friday at St. Joseph’s Church (Resurrection Parish) in Batavia. The bishop celebrated Mass with students from both St. Joseph School and Notre Dame High School and also toured both schools. (Photo by Rocco Laurienzo/Daily News)
Niagara Frontier Publications -Niagara University, Niagara Catholic, Diocese of Buffalo sign memorandum of understanding (May 9, 2014)
Niagara University, Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo held a signing ceremony today to enter into a formal memorandum of understanding.
The MOU was signed by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University; Judith Nolan Powell, chair of the Niagara Catholic board of trustees; and the Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo. The signing took place in Bisgrove Hall on the Niagara University campus.
The document details several collaborative initiatives among the institutions, including the Hospitality and Tourism Academy at Niagara Catholic, which will begin operation this coming September. Read more
Batavia Daily News -Scouts earn religious emblems (Apr. 21, 2014)
Three boys from Troop 6069 in Batavia received their Ad Altare Dei Catholic Religious emblems on April 11, 2014, at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. They were presented with medals by Most Rev. Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo. Pictured are Alex Hansen, religious emblem coordinator Judith Bartz, Bishop Malone Evan Bartz and Christopher Neal, all of Batavia. The program took 7 months to complete.
Catholic Culture.org -Prelates urge participation in March for Marriage
Bishop Richard Malone, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, are urging their brother brothers to promote the March for Marriage, which will take place in Washington on June 19.
“This year’s March for Marriage will provide an ideal occasion for participants to celebrate and give public witness to the unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman at a time when the religious liberties and conscience rights of those who promote and defend marriage are increasingly threatened,” the bishops said in their April 7 letter. Read more
Buffalo News - Buffalo bishop presses Albany on tax credit for donation to religious, private schools
(Mar. 19, 2014)
ALBANY – The leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo said Tuesday that a tax credit bill pending before state lawmakers would help him prevent the kind of school closings he ordered in January.
Bishop Richard J. Malone and other Catholic leaders were at the Capitol lobbying in support of an education tax credit measure that eventually would provide scholarship aid for students attending private or Catholic schools.
“We’d be able to help parents who would love to send their kid to a Catholic school or another nonpublic school to have some assistance with tuition,” Malone said in an interview at the Capitol. “I’m sure if this thing comes into law, there will be a much better chance that we won’t have to face those kinds of dramatic closures in the future.” Read more
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