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In September, Trocaire College President Dr. Bassam M. Deeb announced the institution’s 2015 Reflections event honorees, each chosen for their significant contributions to the Western New York community and beyond. The award recipients were acknowledged at the 2015 Reflections awards dinner on October 8 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant. Funds raised at the event will benefit Trocaire College’s students and programs.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, 14th Bishop of Buffalo, leader of the Diocese of Buffalo since 2012, received the President’s Distinguished Service Award, presented to a person or group whose community participation exemplifies Trocaire College’s Mercy mission without regard for community profile. The event also recognized several members of the community who reflect the values of the Sisters of Mercy and the mission of Trocaire.

The 2015 Reflections honorees were:

  • Dr. Candace S. Johnson, president and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Mary Beth Billittier and Louis John Billittier, owners of Chef’s Restaurant
  • Trocaire’s partners in the P-TECH collaborative: the Lackawanna City School District, Erie 1 BOCES and Catholic Health.

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Join Catholic Relief Services and Ten Thousand Villages for a community shopping event on Friday, October 16. Fifteen percent of sales from customer-designated purchases will go to the CRS Fair Trade Fund, which benefits artisans and farmers overseas.

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WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded on October 6 to Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the new California law legalizing assisted suicide.

Cardinal O'Malley called the governor's decision "a great tragedy for human life," and a tragedy "compounded by confusion among those who supported this law."

"A government that legalizes assisted suicide sends the terrible message Pope Francis has so eloquently warned us against, that there is such a thing as disposable people," Cardinal O'Malley said. "I am sure the Catholic Church in this country will redouble its efforts to protect innocent life at its most vulnerable stages, and to promote palliative care and other real solutions for the problems and hardships of terminally ill patients and their families."

The full text of Cardinal O'Malley's statement follows:

"Governor Brown's decision this week to sign a bill legalizing doctor-assisted suicide in California is a great tragedy for human life. As a result, in all the West coast states, seriously ill patients suffering from depression and suicidal feelings will receive lethal drugs, instead of genuine care to help alleviate that suffering.

The tragedy here is compounded by confusion among those who supported this law.

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