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Bishop Malone prays at the Nativity scene"Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord"

Bishop Richard J. Malone prays before the Nativity scene at the start of Midnight Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. As light snow fell outside the cathedral, Bishop Malone celebrated his first Christmas as bishop of Buffalo.

His Christmas message: "What marvelous love, that God enters into our lives in the Incarnation of the Word made flesh. Christ came to share in our joys and hopes, our pain and anxiety, like us in all things but sin. He teaches how to live godly, virtuous lives. He gave His life on the cross to save and set us free. He rose from the dead to conquer the power of sin and death.

"He ascended to His Father, and sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen us for our mission of transforming the world. The Year of Faith invites us to be stunned again by the shock of the Incarnation, that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son. And the Year of Faith challenges us to find the passion in our own faith that will impel us to share the meaning of being Catholic with all we meet." 

Christmas in the Year of Faith

I love the Christmas season! Except for the rampant consumerism that each year threatens to obscure the true meaning of Christmas, I delight in all the custom and tradition, the sights, sounds and scents of our annual celebration of our Savior’s birthday.Christmas 2012 falls early in the Church’s Year of Faith, this graced time during which Pope Benedict XVI has invited all Catholics to come to a deeper appreciation and more personal appropriation of the gift of faith. Because faith is first and foremost the gift of a relationship with Jesus Christ, Christmas is a wonderful time to ponder anew the wonder of such an awesome gift of God.   Read more

Bishop Malone issued the following statement in response to the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

"Like all Americans, I was shocked at this horrific tragedy and remember in prayer those affected, and send my condolences to those grieving, especially parents and family, school staff and first responders. I offered Mass, privately in my chapel, on Sunday (Dec. 15) for all involved. School security and safety is a priority in our diocese, but we will review our policies and procedures again in light of this terrible slaughter of innocent children and adults."

Bishop Malone with high school principalsBishop Malone meets with Catholic high school principals, presidents

Representatives from all 15 Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Buffalo held their first joint meeting with Bishop Richard J. Malone on Dec. 12, 2012 at the Catholic Center.Principals and presidents briefed Bishop Malone on the latest developments in their schools, including the continued priority of faith and academic development. The bishop said it is important that Catholic high schools “continue to be communities of faith and learning.”Several of the schools are enrolling more foreign students, from China to Germany and South Korea. Mandarin Chinese is now being taught at a number of schools and service projects are also a focus.“I feel at home with Catholic educators,” Bishop Malone said. “I taught in Catholic high schools (in the Archdiocese of Boston) for five years, and I’m so happy to hear about the creative developments across the board.”

Special Mass marks start of Advent (WIVB-TV)

Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal kick-off luncheon

The 25th annual luncheon to support the annual Retirement Fund for Religous appeal was held Friday, Nov.30, at the Hyatt Regncy Buffalo.  Organized and hosted by Buffalo attorney Edward C. Cosgrove (left), the event serves to promote the annual collection that helps fund the massive retirement needs of retired women and men religious of the Diocese of Buffalo and across the nation.

Joining Bishop Richard Malone at the luncheon was Sister Janice Bader, CPPS, executive director of the National Religious Retirement Office.  This year's appeal will be conducted in diocesan parishes th weekend of Dec. 8-9, 2012.Donate online

Preparing for the Sunday Televised Mass

Bishop Malone will be the celebrant for the Sunday Televised Mass on Dec. 23, 2012, the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  Produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo, the Mass will air at 7:30 a.m. on WUTV (Fox 29). 

Prior to the taping of the Mass in Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral on Nov. 30, Bishop Malone takes direction from Daybreak producer Paula DeAngelis-Stein, while Msgr. David LiPuma (right), looks on.

Bishop Malone elected chairman chair of USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth BALTIMORE – Bishop Richard J. Malone was elected chairman-elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the Fall General Assembly on Nov. 12. He was also re-elected to the board of Catholic Relief Services.

BALTIMORE – Bishop Richard J. Malone was elected chairman-elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the Fall General Assembly on Nov. 12. He was also re-elected to the board of Catholic Relief Services.

Catholic Health breaks ground on $46 million headquarters in downtown BuffaloThe gateway to downtown Buffalo will soon be home to a new headquarters building for Catholic Health.  Bishop Richard J. Malone joined a number of digniaries on Nov. 7, 2012, for the groundbreaking ceremony on Genesee St. between Elm and Oak.  "This allows us to go about the mission that has been enrusted to us, we believe, by Christ, because Catholic health care, or care for the sick, healing ministry, has been part of the work of the Church since the time of Jesus."

700 Catholic Health employees will work in the administrative and regional trainaing center, combining Catholic Health operations from a number of locations in the metropolitan Buffalo area. 


Need to be informed, active participants in politics

Soon we will go to the polls to cast our votes for the president and vice president of the United States, congressional representatives, and state and local officials. When exercising our voting rights, we are not only acting as good citizens. We are also putting our faith into concrete action. Catholics, by virtue of our baptism, are called to be salt to the earth and light to the world. We must not hide our light under a bushel basket, but rather courageously defend our moral principles and promote human dignity and the common good in the public square.Read more

"Year of Faith" begins with Mass at Our Lad of Victory BasilicaBishop Richard J. Malone marked he beginning of he "Year of Faith" with a special Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilicain Lackawanna on Sunday, Oct. 14 2012.  More than 1,000 people from virtually every parish in the eight-county diocese attended the Mass.

Bishop Richard J. Malone marked he beginning of he "Year of Faith" with a special Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilicain Lackawanna on Sunday, Oct. 14 2012.  More than 1,000 people from virtually every parish in the eight-county diocese attended the Mass.

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Bishop Malone's statement on the passing of Father Joseph Moreno (Oct. 13, 2012)

It is with profound sadness to learn of the passing of Father Joseph Moreno, a faithful priest of the Diocese of Buffalo since 1986.  Father Joe was dedicated to the priesthood, especially when it came to serving others. His presence to the parishioners of St. Lawrence made him much beloved.  Those who knew Father Joe would tell you that he never said, “No” to anyone, that he took care of everyone, regardless of their lot in life. He was a friend to law enforcement, as evidenced by the large police presence Saturday afternoon responding to the 9-1-1 call, and he was called to serve the elderly at St. Francis Home and members of St. Mary Parish in Cattaraugus. Father Joe was affable, unpretentious and had a giving heart. He will be greatly missed.My God grant him eternal rest.

Sheriff's helicopter provides Bishop Malone with aerial view of East Side's needs


Bishop Malone visits Immaculate Conception School Bishop Richard J. Malone visited Immaculate Conception Parish in East Aurora on Oct. 2, 2012. He concelebrated Mass with Father Robert Wardenski, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish. Parents and parishioners joined with faculty, staff, and students for the Mass, which marked the Feast of the Guardian Angels.Telling the congregation that everyone has a guardian angel, Bishop Malone remarked, “It’s a great gift God has given us.” He also reminded the congregation that everyone can play the role of a guardian angel by helping and caring for others.  After Mass, Bishop Malone joined the community of Immaculate Conception School in the school’s new Science Lab. Karen Adamski, principal, welcomed the bishop to the new space, noting, “Every child in every grade comes to this lab to learn about science.”Bishop Malone termed the lab “a place of learning, discovery, and wonder.” As he blessed the room, he said, “May our students always be grateful to God for the gifts He gives us and use them with respect.”  After blessing the Science Lab, students, benefactors, and everyone who works in the lab, Bishop Malone spoke with students from each grade about the projects they’re working on in science. Adamski said, “This was a wonderful opportunity for our students and faculty to meet our bishop, but also to show him how much emphasis we put on science learning and creating future scientists.”

Faithful Citizenship focus of Western New York Catholic featureIn an interview with reporter Mark Ciemcioch of the Western New York Catholic, Bishop Richard J. Malone talked politics and the upcoming  presidential race.  "We have an obligation to take part in the political process," he said.  "It's a moral obligation for Catholics."

The story will be featured on the cover of the October paper, which will arrive in parishes the week of Sept. 24.

 Bishop Malone presides at Red Mass 

At the Red Mass for the legal community at St.  Joseph Cathedral on Sept. 20, 2012, Bishop Richard J. Malone quoted Joseph Allegretti, author of, "The Lawyer's Calling: Christian Faith and Legal Practice," posing this question:  "As faith and work belong together for every Christian, so they do for those in the profession that brings you here."

Bishop Malone also posed this question:  "Do you think of your work as an attorney, a judge, a justice, another court officer or an elected official, or whatever it is that you do in the world of of the law that brings you here today, do you think of it as a calling?"

He concluded, "We attend to the words of St. Paul today, in his letter to the Romans, just now proclaimed, where he says, 'Do not conform yourself to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God's will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.'"  New York State Supreme Court justice John M. Curran delivered remarks after Communion.  The Red Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Guild.

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Cantalician Center officially opens doors to new $16 million campusBishop Richard  J. Malone (second from left), presided over the blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 11, 2012, for the Cantalician Center for Learning in Depew. The new building includes educational and therapy space for 140 students.  Also pictured, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec (far left), bishop emeritus of Buffalo, and Terese Scofidio, executive director of the center.

Bishop Kmiec led the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cantalician Center facility on  Oct. 11, 2011.

 "Today we honor the students of the Cantalician Center for Learning, who will benefit from this new academic campus," Bishop Malone said.  The center was founded in 1956 by the Felician Sisters and serves more than 240 children with developmental disabilities.  The center also provides adult service initiatives that include vocational, supported employment and day habilitation services.

More 100 people were on hand at the former St. Barnabas Parish campus for the event. Phase one of the 95,000 square foot renovation is now complete.

Western New York Catholic:  Nativity School welcomes back students with iPads (Sept. 6, 2012)

Olean Times Herald:  Catholics meet Bishop Malone (Aug. 27, 2012)

Jamestown Post-Journal:  A warm welcome (for Bishop Malone) (Aug. 20, 2012)

WGRZ-TV:  Bishop Malone meets with Buffalo's oldest nun (Aug. 13, 2012) 

Coverage of Bishop Malone's installation (Aug. 10, 2012)

Diocese of Buffalo website:  Bishop Richard J. Malone installed as 14th bishop of  Buffalo  

YNN-TV:  Installation Mass held for Bishop MaloneWBEN Radio:  Malone installed as new bishop

WBFO Radio:  Richard Malone installed as bishop of Buffalo

WIVB-TV:  Photo gallery of Bishop Malone's installationWGRZ-TV:  Malone installed as 14th bishop of Buffalo

WKBW-TV:  New bishop installed for Buffalo

The Buffalo News:  Malone installed as bishop

Niagara Gazette:  Buffalo Catholic Diocese installs Richard Malone

Associated Press:  New bishop installed in Buffalo

Bee Group newspapers:  Sherman says:  some tips for the new bishop of Buffalo

Bangor Daily News: Bishop Richard Malone installed as bishop of BuffaloWestern New York Catholic:  Bishop Malone delivers message of hope to priests and religious (Aug. 9, 2012)Diocese of Buffalo website:  "See the reasons for hope in your own life" - Bishop Malone delivers uplifting message to priests (Aug. 9, 2012)

Western New York Catholic:  Bishop Malone serves on board of Catholic Relief Services (Aug. 9, 2012)WBFO Radio:  Buffalo's new bishop speaks candidly (Aug. 9, 2012)

WGRZ-TV:  New bishop of Buffalo to be installed tomorrow (Aug. 9, 2012)

The Buffalo News:  Meet Bishop Malone (Aug. 9, 2012)Office of Communications news release:  Local, national broadcasts planned for Bishop Malone's installation  (Aug. 7, 2012)

Western New York Catholic:  Diocesan clergy express support for Bishop Malone (Aug. 7, 2012)WGRZ-TV:  Buffalo's new bishop celebrates first Mass (Aug. 4, 2012)WIVB-TV:  Buffalo ready to welcome new bishop (Aug. 8, 2012)

Coverage of Bishop Malone's arrival in Buffalo (Aug. 3, 2012)Western New York Catholic:  Bishop Malone arrives in Buffalo

Western New York Catholic: 

Diocese of Buffalo website:  Buffalo welcome Bishop Malone YNN-TV:  Next bishop arrives in BuffaloBuffalo News: Buffalo’s new bishop ‘grateful’ to be here WGRZ-TV:  The bishop has landed WBEN Radio:  Bishop Malone arrives in Buffalo WVIB-TV:  Buffalo students welcome new bishop WBFO Radio:  Buffalo’s next bishop arrives in WNY Diocese of Buffalo news release:  Bishop Malone to arrive in Buffalo Aug. 3 (July 30, 2012)Read moreWestern New York Catholic:  Bishop Malone leaves strong legacy in Portland (July 27, 2012)Read more

Western New York Catholic:  Pope appoints Bishop Malone apostolic administrator of Portland (July 17, 2012)Read more 

The Buffalo News Editorial:  Buffalo's new bishop - Catholic leader will find challenges, open hearts in his new assignment (May 30, 2012)Read moreWatch Bishop Malone's introductory remarks at the May 29, 2012 news conference (Produced  by Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo)

Holy Father names Bishop Robert J. Malone 14th bishop of Buffalo (May 29, 2012)Read more

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