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"Consider this ... Confirmation"
11 hours ago by Daybreak TV Productions


Bishop Malone to ordain three deacons on Saturday
3 days ago by Office of Communications


Three men, with eight children among them, will be ordained at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Through the imposition of hands by Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, these men will become permanent deacons, joining more than 130 other deacons in the diocese.

David Charles Armstrong, Peter James Donnelly and John Alois Owczarczak, have spent the past several years studying at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, to reach this point. They’ve taken classes, been on retreats, worked in ministry at parishes, health care facilities and diocesan offices, all in preparation to serve the Church. Two of the candidates currently are employed, one is retired, and all have the blessings of their wives to dedicate their time to the Church.

Armstrong, a retired teacher from Corry, PA, is a parishioner at Christ Our Hope Parish in French Creek. He found his field ministry to be particularly enlightening.

“My experiences have given me a more profound understanding and appreciation for others, especially those with addictions and the elderly,” he said. “My ministry assignments have aided in my understanding of what I was taught in class. This was done by the practical application of those teachings, my witnessing the positive effects they had on those to whom I ministered, and the responses from those individuals of when they recognized God working through me.”


Welcome to the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Buffalo

Diocese to host national catechetical convention
Friday, May 15, 2015 by Office of Communications

“Encounter the joy of the Gospel!” is the theme of the 79th annual National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), to be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center May 18-21.

About 500 religious education leaders from across the nation will participate in learning sessions and hear from a number of national catechetical leaders.

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will talk about the spirituality of Gospel-based leadership. Bishop Malone is a national expert on catechesis and evangelization, and also serves as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

“This conference is inspired by Pope Francis and the tone he sets for the Catholic Church,” Bishop Malone said. “Through our New Evangelization, we are grateful to our catechetical leaders who embrace the full vision of what it means to be Catholic as they go forth, spreading the Gospel message.”

"Consider this ... I will be with you always"
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

I will be with you always


Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Richard J. Malone joined together today to introduce the Parental Choice in Education Act, a revised version of the Education Tax Credit bill. Educators and students alike gathered together at Eggertsville Youth and Community Center to hear of the common goal of religion and government.

The bill has three main points. It sets up a tax-deductible scholarship fund for religious organizations to get donations to provide scholarships to low- and middle-income students. Secondly, parents who pay for tuition at religious or parochial schools will get a tax deduction, making tuition more affordable. Third, it allows a $200 tax credit to every teacher in public and private schools for out of pocket expenses used for school supplies.

“Education is the civil right issue of today,” Cuomo said. “You tell me what kind of education you had, and I can tell you what kind of future you will have. The promise of this country was opportunity for all. You come here and we will work with you to do the best you can with your God-given talent. That’s what America is all about. That’s what New York is all about.”

Cuomo said parents should have the power to make a choice of where their children are educated. Affordable education allows for a greater choice.

“If the school is closed, then you don’t have the option of sending your child to that school. In many of the schools, the tuition is too high to pay,” he said. “Lower-income families and middle class families in this economy, as hard as it is, they can’t afford to pay all the bills and then pay tuition for a religious school or a parochial school. So you really have no choice, unless you have the options.”

Police Memorial Mass
Monday, May 11, 2015 by Office of Communications

Local, county, state and federal law enforcement officials, as well as police officers from Canada, gathered Monday morning at St. Joseph Cathedral for the annual police Memorial Service, held in conjunction with National Police Week. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop emeritus of Buffalo, and Father Peter Drilling, cathedral rector, represented the Diocese of Buffalo.

The chaplains of the Buffalo Police Department will host and preside at the service. Area police department chaplains will also take part. During the service, the names of fallen police officers were read.


Blessing of a child in the womb
Monday, May 11, 2015 by Office of Communications

Approximately 200 people attended Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. Mother’s Day Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. Buffalo’s Bishop Richard J. Malone, the main celebrant, offered a special blessing for unborn children and their expectant parents. Approximately 20 people came forward for this blessing by the bishop. In addition, prayers were offered for couples who are hoping for the gift of a child and for couples who have suffered the loss of a child.

Approved by the Vatican in 2012, the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb is included in the Book of Blessings published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The blessing originated when then-Bishop Joseph Kurtz of Knoxville, Tenn. (now archbishop of Louisville, Ky.), asked the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities to see if a blessing existed for a child in the womb. When none was found, the committee prepared a text and submitted it to the USCCB's Divine Worship committee in March of 2008. It was approved by the full body of bishops in November 2008, and then sent to Rome for editing and final approval.

Robert Bennett appointed to Catholic School Advisory Council
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Richard J. Malone has named former New York State Regent Chancellor Robert M. Bennett to the Diocese of Buffalo’s Catholic School Advisory Council, the panel which advises the bishop on matters related to Catholic education.

A resident of Tonawanda, Bennett was elected to the New York State Board of Regents in 1995. In 2002, he was elected chancellor by his fellow regents. He stepped down as chancellor in 2009 and was unanimously appointed chancellor emeritus.

“Bob is highly respected and brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise to the council,” Bishop Malone said. “I am sure he will make significant contributions to our efforts to build up the Catholic identity and strong academic foundation of our Catholic schools.”

Bennett served as president and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County from 1985 until his retirement in 2000. During his tenure, $240 million was raised and allocated for community services. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts . in English from the University of Notre Dame, and received a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also completed the leadership program for not-for-profit CEOs at Harvard and the University of Michigan.


Bishop Richard J. Malone will talk about family life and marriage as one of two keynote speakers at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB), Thursday, May 7, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is also scheduled to speak.

Bishop Malone was invited to speak at the breakfast in his role as Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and his outspoken defense of religious freedom, the family and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

"I am truly honored to have been chosen to speak on matters of such urgency at this significant national event,” Bishop Malone said.

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