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A packed congregation assembled at Buffalo's St. Joseph Cathedral Saturday morning, as the diocese came together to welcome Father Michael Brown, Father Samuel Giangreco and Father Michael LaMarca to the priesthood during an ordination Mass.

"We'll witness a number of actions today within the context of the Mass that are unique to the ordination of priests," said Bishop Richard J. Malone, who ordained the three men. "The ordination is a gift given to some for the good of all."

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"Consider this ... Bury the dead"
2 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

Bury the dead

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Memorial Day Masses planned for Catholic Cemeteries
3 days ago by Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo

The men and women of our nation who have served in the U.S. military will be remembered during special Masses at six Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo during Memorial Day weekend.

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Diocese of Buffalo to sell St. Columban Center
Monday, May 23, 2016 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, has approved a recommendation that the Diocese of Buffalo sell the St. Columban Center, which is located along the shores of Lake Erie in Derby.

The property is listed at $1.9 million.

“We review diocesan operations and assets on a regular basis,” Bishop Malone said, “and we have determined that now is the time to put the Columban Center on the market.”

Located on Lake Shore Road, the Columban Center has been the diocesan retreat center for decades, hosting individual and directed retreats and other events for thousands, young and old. In 2010, Christ the King Seminary expanded its offering of retreats to the Derby facility.

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"Consider this ... Catholic Charities"
Friday, May 20, 2016 by Daybreak TV Productions

Catholic Charities

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Bishop Grosz to celebrate Dominicans 800th anniversary
Friday, May 20, 2016 by Kevin Keenan

In observance of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans), Bishop Edward M. Grosz will celebrate a special Mass on Tuesday, May 24, 4 p.m., at the Dominican Monastery, 335 Doat St, Buffalo.  

"It is such an honor to be part of a religious order that is 800 years old which has produced so many saints and blesses," said Mother Mary Gemma, O.P., prioress of the Buffalo Dominicans. "We see it as a privilege to be part of an order which prays daily for holiness."

 

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WASHINGTON - Two Committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement in response to guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students:"

The Catholic Church consistently affirms the inherent dignity of each and every human person and advocates for the wellbeing of all people, particularly the most vulnerable. Especially at a young age and in schools, it is important that our children understand the depth of God's love for them and their intrinsic worth and beauty. Children should always be and feel safe and secure and know they are loved.

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Scientists and faith leaders urge president to announce steps in Hiroshima to reduce nuclear risks
Thursday, May 12, 2016 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—The heads of four leading science and faith organizations call on President Obama, who will likely visit Hiroshima, Japan, later this month for the G7 summit, to announce specific steps the United States will take to reduce the real and urgent risks posed by nuclear weapons and prevent a new global nuclear arms race. 

“Since Saint Pope John XXIII issued Pacem in Terris in 1963, the Catholic Church has called for a world free of nuclear weapons. Faith and reason, religion and science, agree on this issue,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace. “Nuclear weapons pose a moral challenge and represent an existential threat that requires action now.”



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The case against assisted suicide
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by New York State Catholic Conference

Several bills have been introduced in New York State that would fundamentally alter the doctor-patient relationship by authorizing physician-assisted suicide for individuals declared by a doctor to be terminally ill.

Bishop Richard J. Malone is asking Western New York Catholics to consider sending a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature opposing the legislation.

Click here to write to New York leaders.

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Religious leaders sponsor rooms in Family Justice Center
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Kimberlee Sabshin, WNY Catholic

On Tuesday, May 10, the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo, an organization that provides services for domestic violence victims and their children, welcomed Bishop Richard J. Malone and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York for a tour of the facility and a look at living rooms they sponsored to help the center in its 10th year of serving the community.

Each bishop was honored with a plaque on an individual room, featuring his name and the name of the diocese he serves. The collaboration was part of an ongoing partnership between Bishop Malone and Bishop Franklin in helping the city of Buffalo during its revitalization to ensure those who are less fortunate and less able to reap the benefits of growth in the city are able to receive help they desperately need.

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